Understanding Global Poverty introduces students to the study and analysis of poverty, helping them to understand why it is pervasive across human societies, and how it can be reduced through proven policy solutions.

The book uses the capabilities and human development approach to foreground the human aspects of poverty, keeping the voices, experiences, and needs of the world’s poor central to the analysis. Starting with definitions and measurement, the book goes on to explore the causes of poverty and how poverty reduction programs and policy have responded in practice. The book also reflects on the ethics of why we should work to reduce poverty and what actions readers themselves can take. This new edition has been revised and updated throughout, featuring:

• a new chapter on migration and refugees

• additional international examples, including material on Mexico, Covid-19 in global perspective, and South–South development initiatives

• information on careers in international development

• insights into how various forms of social difference, including race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexuality relate to poverty

Fully interdisciplinary in approach, the book is also supplemented with case studies, discussion questions, and further reading suggestions in order to support learning. Perfect as an introductory textbook for students across sociology, global development, political science, anthropology, public health, and economics, Understanding Global Poverty will also be a valuable resource to policy makers and development practitioners.

chapter 1|23 pages

Building a framework for understanding poverty

ByBenjamin Curtis, Serena Cosgrove

chapter 2|26 pages

Development and its debates

ByBenjamin Curtis, Serena Cosgrove

chapter 3|25 pages

Multidimensional measurements of poverty and wellbeing

ByBenjamin Curtis

chapter 4|31 pages

Health and poverty

ByPaula E. Brentlinger

chapter 5|24 pages

Geographical and spatial poverty

ByBenjamin Curtis

chapter 6|27 pages

Race, class, gender, and poverty

BySerena Cosgrove

chapter 7|26 pages

State institutions, governance, and poverty

ByBenjamin Curtis

chapter 8|31 pages

Conflict and poverty

BySerena Cosgrove

chapter 9|32 pages

Migration and poverty reduction

Balancing human security and national security
ByAudrey Hudgins

chapter 10|21 pages

Education as poverty reduction

ByBenjamin Curtis

chapter 11|23 pages

The environment and poverty reduction

ByBenjamin Curtis

chapter 12|28 pages

Financial services for the poor

BySerena Cosgrove

chapter |19 pages


Ethics and action – What should you do about global poverty?Benjamin Curtis and Serena Cosgrove
BySerena Cosgrove, Benjamin Curtis