Category Archives: Poverty

India Is No Longer World’s “Poverty Capital”

India is no longer the global poverty capital! Nigeria has overtaken India and the Democratic Republic of the Congo would soon displace India from the number two spot also!! In India, about 44 people are coming out of extreme poverty … Continue reading

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Poverty is Cancer not Flu ! – Mahbub Ul Haq

Late Pakistani economist Mahbub Ul Haq is the brain behind UNDP’s human development index (HDI). He has seen the emptiness and deception of using GDP growth as measure of national progress. His concept of human development brought a paradigm shift in the global developmental discourse. Now more and more countries are trying to measure people’s well being beyond per capita GDP numbers. Continue reading

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A New Measure of National Progress: Social Progress Index (SPI)

It is time that India turn GDP growth into real development of people and society. The Social Progress Index is a useful tool to measure real progress beyond the GDP. Continue reading

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Understanding Poverty, Beyond Lack of Income

Poverty is a human development issue; not an income issue alone. Continue reading

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Global Economics of Rich Getting Richer and Increasing Inequalities

Rising inequality is a serious threat to global well-being. Rich 1% practically own and decide everything while the poor remain poor. Continue reading

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Understanding Poverty, Beyond Lack of Income

Poverty is much more than lack of income; it is inherently multidimensional and must be seen as such. Continue reading

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Poverty is an Assault on Human Rights

Poverty violets human rights of poor people. It can’t be understood properly from the narrow lens of income but must be viewed as a state of inability to live comfortable life. The disabling factors may come from psychological, social, political or cultural dimensions of life. Continue reading

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The Vicious Cycle of Child Marriages And Poverty

Child marriages disrupt the normal growth to adulthood and a violation of children’s rights. They endangers the well-being of adolescent girls by exposing them to the dangers of physical and sexual violence as well as to early, unplanned and frequent pregnancies. Continue reading

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Muhammad Yunus: How 27 Dollars Revolutionized The Anti-Poverty Movement!

Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has placed microcredit at the forefront of battle against poverty. He was amazed to discover that lack of small and microcredits to the poor often keep them in poverty. His Grameen Bank initiative is now a global phenomenon; its model is operative in over 130 nations, including the super rich US! Continue reading

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Understanding Poverty: Comparing the “Basic Needs” and the “Capability” Approaches

Poverty is by nature multidimensional. It can’t be adequately measured or described by any single-dimensional parameter like income. Moreover, it is a situation of deprivation that is a net result of several factors – personal, social, cultural and political. Hence, comprehensive approach is needed to tackle the issue of poverty. Continue reading

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What is Amartya Sen’s “Capability Approach” to Development and Poverty

The capabilities approach of Amartya Sen sees development as expansion of people’s capabilities. Poverty, in this approach, is taken as deprivation of basic capabilities needed to live a tolerable life. Continue reading

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There is more to “Development” than Just Economic Growth!

Amartya Sen’s capability theory offers a comprehensive approach to development which puts people at the center of attention. Development is not just economic growth or industrialization and people are not mere tools to achieve it. Continue reading

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