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The Field of Poverty: Background and Issues
The field of poverty: Background and issues

Poverty has been termed the most significant problem confronting the modern world, and with one-quarter of the world's population significantly affected by poverty, the statement is not surprising. (Estimates of total global poverty vary, and there are wide regional disparities. The worst areas are sub-Saharan Africa with 50.9 percent living under $1.25 per day and South Asia with 38.6 percent—UNDESA, 2010b.) Others have referred to poverty as the greatest scandal confronting the modern world, in that globally humanity possesses the wealth and the knowledge to eradicate poverty; what is lacking is the political will to do so. Finally, poverty is widely regarded as the world's most intractable problem, given that, despite ...

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