Making and Un-Making Poverty – How People Fall Into and Escape from Poverty
PowerPoint presentation from the seminar on May 5, 2008 is now available.
Poverty is simultaneously both created and removed – even under conditions of rapid overall national progress. Anirudh Krishna spoke on such poverty dynamics at the household level, while drawing on his experience with tracking movements into and out of poverty of over 35,000 households in a varied group of nearly 400 communities of India, Kenya, Uganda, Peru and North Carolina, USA. He is currently working on a book on the matter.
This work shows how poverty is not composed of any static group of people. Large numbers of formerly poor people have worked their ways out of poverty in every context studied, but there is also, unfortunately, a less cheerful side. Even as some households were escaping from poverty, others around them were simultaneously falling into poverty.
Efforts focused solely on moving people out of poverty will never be enough. Until we begin to move more effectively by way of poverty prevention, achievements in poverty reduction will be ephemeral; what is reduced will rise back again.'
Anirudh Krishna's PowerPoint presentation: PowerPoint 1,51 MB.