Why the international poverty day is a little special this time?

Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which was adopted by the UN in 1991 and has been celebrated since then. This year, the day commands a little extra importance. Here is why. Continue reading Why the international poverty day is a little special this time?

Post-2015 development agenda

2015 is a landmark year in the field of development. The era of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is coming to a close and the period of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is at the door steps. The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit is going to happen in New York exactly one month from today, from 25 to 27 September, 2015. The key agenda of the Summit is to formally adopt the post-2015 development agenda.

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The big challenge of lack of access to basic amenities

India is aspiring to become a developed country. There are many ways to measure the “development” of a country, access to basic amenities is one of them. So a relevant question today would be, what is the status of basic amenities in India, or, what needs to be done with the basic amenities for the people so that India can become a better country? This post intends to propose an answer to these questions. Continue reading The big challenge of lack of access to basic amenities

What is poverty?

Most of us are familiar with the word poverty though different people may have different understanding of it. To some it may be not having enough money, to some others it may be hunger, some others may take it as lack of clothes or a house. In this post, I would like to give a simplified conceptualization of poverty.

Poverty In Focus is a publication of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Its December 2006 issue featured an article by Robert Chambers of the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK, titled What is Poverty Who asks? Who answers? Here is how he summarizes different understandings of poverty. Continue reading What is poverty?