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Trends in Global Poverty

The geography of world poverty is dynamic, and is increasingly influenced by global phenomena such as globalisation, climate change and the world’s financial markets. According to recent research, many of the world’s poorest people no longer live in the world’s poorest countries. Rather, current trends point to growing social inequalities within many countries, with a widening gap between rich and poor people - fuelling social tensions and calls for social justice. The widespread use of social and other media also means that people all over the world are increasingly aware of the power relations that impact upon their lives, and have opportunities to react. Poor people are no longer as voiceless as they once were.


Further Information​

> World Bank report conveys a gloo​my picture of poverty reduction​​​​​

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> Making a Better World? How Being Reflexive Could Make Us More Effective Development Practitioners 


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> Growing Inequalities and Global Governance


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> Contested New Geographies of Poverty and Aid