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Dollarisation of Poverty: Rethinking Poverty Beyond 2015 by Palash Kamruzzaman

By Palash Kamruzzaman

This ebook bargains a serious research on making use of a common knowing of poverty and indicates methods ahead for poverty relief for constructing nations in a post-2015 period. Taking particular country-contexts into consideration, the writer argues that nationwide poverty strains could be the benchmark for destiny anti-poverty guidelines.

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To take the international poverty line for India as ten rupees therefore biases the number of poor downward (Wade, 2004). The focus has been on current income (or consumption as its substitute) as the basis for identifying the poor, but income as a living standard indicator is problematic due to time period, input accounting and household size. 13 A recent study in Latin America shows that national extreme poverty rates, using poverty lines based on calorific and demographic characteristics, may be more than twice as high as those based on the World Bank’s $1-a-day line.

Nevertheless, given the aid agencies have a superior power and influence imposing such external measure for all poor countries (perhaps even knowing that this will not embrace multiple dimensions of poverty of all poor countries) will not be helpful. In a similar vein, some aspects (in some local contexts) may explain local poverty nicely – excluding or rejecting those will also be unhelpful on the basis that those are not generalisable for all countries in developing a universal formula. In both cases, an unrealistic picture of local poverty will be drawn – I am not convinced that is what we need when we think about poverty reduction in poor countries.

2010) assert that this view is too narrow and fragmented, leaving gaps in which other important development objectives are missing. For instance, considering that most of the world’s poor people are rural farmers, and that agricultural production and its distribution are key factors in reducing hunger, the absence of agricultural targets from MDG 1 (Eradicating extreme hunger and poverty) is striking – identifying poverty is too narrowly conceived as income based. Why poverty reduction in this grand project does not include various non-income aspects into consideration?

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