chapter  2
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URBAN POVERTY _______________________

What is urban poverty? Poverty deprives people of the freedom to decide over and shape their own lives. Absence of economic margins and limited opportunities means that poor people are vulnerable.

Poverty is manifested in different ways: hunger, ill health, ignorance, discrimination and exclusion, denial of dignity etc. It is thus multidimensional. It is also context-specific. The particular features of poverty in any one place depend on the particular environment – socio-cultural, economic and political. Poverty is relative since it is defined by the poor in relation to what they judge to be a decent life. An important aspect is that poverty is dynamic. Its manifestations will change over time and people may move in and out of poverty.7