The annual Global Civil Society Yearbooks provide an indispensable guide to global civil society or civic participation and action around the world. The 2009 Yearbook explores the framings, strategies, and impacts of a range of actors on poverty and its alleviation. The overarching question is to whether such actors, in pressing for poverty alleviation actually achieve anything/empower the poor, or simply aid wealthy states in maintaining the status quo. The contributors are diverse, including scholars and practitioners from India, America, the UK, Australia, Thailand, and Mali.
The Global Civil Society Yearbook remains the standard work on all aspects of contemporary global civil society for activists, practitioners, students, and academics alike. It is essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the key actors, forms, and manifestations of global civil society around the world today.
Chapter Two: Global Poverty Statistics and Civil Society
Global Poverty Statistics and Civil Society
Statistics have a powerful presence in the arena of poverty reduction. On the one hand they are used to map trends and patterns in poverty, to try to understand the causes and consequences of poverty, and to judge the effectiveness of poverty reduction strategies. On the other hand they are employed in advocacy and campaigning to shock and to mobilise support for poverty reduction. Statistics retain a high status in the fields of policy and mass media, where they are traditionally perceived to be ‘solid’ in some way: credible, objective, transparent and a central tool in monitoring and evaluation. They seize readers' attention in policy documents as well as in newspaper headlines. But poverty ...