Learn anything, online

Internet is a great place to learn. That too for free. edX and Coursera (pronounced course-era) are two platforms that offer hundreds of free online courses. There is an unbelievably large collection of subjects to choose from such as architecture, arts, computer science, economics, statistics, history, business and management, philosophy, languages, environment, music, medicine, literature, law and many many more. All the courses are offered by prestigious universities from all around the world including MIT, Johns Hopkins, University of Zurich etc. Continue reading Learn anything, online

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?