Who Decides How We Define Poverty?
Who decides how we define poverty? To answer this question ATD Fourth World, in partnership with Oxford University, conducted a participatory international research project called “The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty”. The project took place in six countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, France, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and the United States.
For three years, people living in poverty, professionals and academics worked together to clarify how we define poverty and its multi-dimensional aspects. Research teams defined nine interdependent dimensions common to all six countries. The long-term goal of this project is to help develop better policies to eradicate of poverty.
Read more about this research and the nine dimensions of poverty:
- Three Dimensions That Make up the Core Experience of Poverty: Disempowerment, Suffering in body, mind and heart and Struggle and resistance
- Lack of Resources Prevents People from Living with Dignity: Lack of decent work, insufficient and insecure income and material and social deprivation.
- Relational Dynamics Shape the Experience of Poverty: Institutional maltreatment, social maltreatment and unrecognised contributions.
“Being a victim of prejudice, first considered as poor, but not as a human being. Having the label of poor. There is a duality: on the one side, people living in poverty are invisible. On the other hand they are visible because they are stigmatised.”
(Academic peer group, France)