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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Chronic Poverty Report 2008-2009: Escaping Poverty Traps

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AUTHOR Joanne Alston and Andrew Shepherd
ORGANIZATION Chronic Poverty Research Centre
TYPE Thematic Report
DATE 2009
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities

Over the last five years, in a era of unprecedented global wealth creation, the number of people living in chronic poverty has increased. Between 320 and 443 million people are now trapped in poverty that lasts for many years, often for their entire lifetime. Their children frequently inherit chronic poverty, if they survive infancy. Many chronically poor people die prematurely from easily preventable health problems. For the chronically poor, poverty is not simply about having a very low income: it is about multidimensional deprivation -- hunger, undernutrition, illiteracy, unsafe drinking water, lack of access to basic health services, social discrimination, physical insecurity and political exclusion. Whichever way one frames the problem of chronic poverty -- as human suffering, as vulnerability, as a basic needs failure, as the abrogation of human rights, as degraded citizenship -- one thing is clear. Widespread chronic poverty occurs in a world that has the knowledge and resources to eradicate it.

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