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This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Poverty lines versus the poor: method versus meaning

Poverty Development Gateway: "Is there any redemption for the poverty line approach? This paper argues that the use of poverty lines provides a one-dimensional picture and overlooks the multifaceted nature of human deprivation. The author presents the argument that there is insufficient 'poverty' in the poverty line approach, providing evidence suggesting it is dangerously misleading methodology. The arguements both in support of and against poverty lines are laid out in detail, with the author drawing upon specific examples in each case. The main conclusion the author makes is that the danger posed by the income-poverty line approach is that it inevitably leads to a misidentification of the poor. Authors: Saith, A. Produced by: Economic and Political Weekly (EPW), India (2005) Source: ELDIS

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