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Ending global poverty : a guide to what works / Stephen C. Smith

Main Author Smith, Stephen C., 1955- Country Estados Unidos. Publication New York : Palgrave Macmillan, imp. 2009 Description XII, 279 p. : il. ; 24 cm ISBN 978-0-230-60615-9 CDU 330.59 308
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Over 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger, and over ten million children die each year from preventable causes. These may seem like overwhelming statistics, but as Stephen Smith shows in this call to arms, global poverty is something that we can and should solve within our lifetimes. Ending Global Poverty explores the various traps that keep people mired in poverty, traps like poor nutrition, illiteracy, lack of access to health care, and others and presents eight keys to escaping these traps. Smith gives readers the tools they need to help people overcome poverty and to determine what approaches are most effective in fighting it. For example, celebrities in commercials who encourage viewers to "adopt" a poor child really seem to care, but will sending money to these organizations do the most good? Smith explains how to make an informed decision. Grass-roots programs and organizations are helping people gain the capabilities they need to escape from poverty and this book highlights many of the most promising of these strategies in some of the poorest countries in the world, explaining what they do and what makes them effective.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Extreme Poverty: The Cruelest Trap
  • Poverty Traps and the Experience of the Poor
  • The Keys to Capability: Eight Keys to Escaping Poverty Traps
  • Escaping the Cruel Trap of Poverty: How the Poor Can Gain the Keys to Capability
  • Health, Nutrition, and Population
  • Basic Education
  • Credit for Poverty Reduction, and Insuring Opportunity
  • Bottom Up Market Development: Assets and Access for the Poor
  • Entitlement to New Technologies and the Capability to Benefit from them
  • Sustaining the Environment for Ending Poverty
  • Social Inclusion and Human Rights for the Poor and Voiceless
  • Community Empowerment and Development
  • Innovations in Poverty Strategy
  • What You Can Do to Help
  • First Steps
  • Further Questions
  • Stepping Up
  • What Businesses Can Do
  • Some Closing Words: An End to Global Poverty

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Clearly and concisely written, this nontechnical guide examines successful approaches to reducing poverty in developing countries. Smith (economics professor and director, Research Program on Poverty, Development, and Globalization, George Washington Univ.) provides specific details about programs that have worked, based on information gathered in his visits to different areas of the developing world. He offers practical advice on what approaches are most likely to succeed, stressing the importance of local input in the poverty alleviation process. The author writes with much conviction and conveys a message of hope while remaining realistic about the prospects of ending global poverty. This accessible book is required reading for all who are interested in putting a halt to human misery resulting from treatable diseases, malnutrition, illiteracy, and lack of access to the most fundamental services of human existence, whether activists, businesspeople with a strong sense of social (and global) responsibility, policy makers, or managers of aid and relief organizations. ^BSumming Up: Essential. Public, academic, and professional library collections. M. Q. Dao Eastern Illinois University

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Stephen C. Smith is Professor of Economics at George Washington University.

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