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World povertyNew policies to defeat an old enemy$
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Peter Townsend and David Gordon

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343956

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343956.001.0001

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Are we really reducing global poverty?

Are we really reducing global poverty?

(p.377) FIFTEEN Are we really reducing global poverty?
World poverty

Jan Vandemoortele

Policy Press

This chapter raises direct questions about alternative strategies and policies, and calls for substantial action to meet the millennium development objectives. It argues that some of the global norms, and facts and findings on poverty, have led to two incorrect conclusions: that good progress is being made in reducing world poverty; and that aggregate growth is the best way for reducing it further. The chapter questions whether $1 per day is a valid gauge for monitoring global poverty, whether poverty statistics for China are unduly biasing global poverty trends, whether much of the debate on global poverty illustrates the fallacy of misplaced concreteness, whether equity is good for the poor, and whether there is a role for social policy. It concludes that equity matters for poverty reduction, based on the argument that growth is good for the poor.

Keywords:   millennium development, world poverty, poverty reduction, social policy

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