- Title Pages
- Notes on contributors
- Introduction The human condition is structurally unequal
- ONE Poverty, social exclusion and social polarisation: the need to construct an international welfare state
- TWO Is rising income inequality inevitable? A critique of the ‘Transatlantic Consensus’
- THREE The international measurement of poverty and anti-poverty policies
- FOUR Social policy in the US: workfare and the American low-wage labour market
- FIVE A European definition of poverty: the fight against poverty and social exclusion in the member states of the European Union
- SIX Welfare state solidarity and support: the Czech Republic compared with the Netherlands
- SEVEN Targeting welfare: on the functions and dysfunctions of means testing in social policy
- EIGHT Structural adjustment and mass poverty in Ghana
- NINE Social funds in sub-Saharan Africa: how effective for poverty reduction?
- TEN Urban water supply, sanitation and social policy: lessons from Johannesburg, South Africa
- ELEVEN Round pegs and square holes: mismatches between poverty and housing policy in urban India
- TWELVE Urban poverty in China: incidence and policy responses<sup>1</sup>
- THIRTEEN ‘A new branch can be strengthened by an old branch’<sup>1</sup>: livelihoods and challenges to inter-generational solidarity in South Africa
- FOURTEEN Human rights, transnational corporations and the World Bank
- FIFTEEN Are we really reducing global poverty?
- SIXTEEN 1% of €10,000 billion<sup>1</sup>
- SEVENTEEN Conclusion: constructing an anti-privacy strategy
- APPENDIX A Manifesto: international action to defeat poverty
- APPENDIX B Index of material and social deprivation: national (UK) and cross-national
1% of €10,000 billion1
1% of €10,000 billion1
- (p.401) SIXTEEN 1% of €10,000 billion1
- World poverty
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This chapter argues that the EU has reached a point in its development when a giant step can be taken to bring aid to developing countries. In December 2001, the EU adopted a set of commonly agreed and defined indicators for social inclusion. These indicators covered financial poverty and its persistence, income inequality, low educational attainment, premature mortality, and poor housing. They would also help to monitor action plans and judge progress towards Social Europe. The chapter argues that this is an ideal time for the EU to take a major step on behalf of the poorest countries outside of it. A justifiable and affordable target could be agreed of providing official development assistance equal to 1 per cent of Gross National Product (GNP). This would help to meet the millennium development goals agreed at the World Summit in September 2000.
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