The hidden dimensions of poverty – ATD Fourth World & Oxford University
Vierte Welt Verlag. 52 Seiten. 2019. PDF
“Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere” – the overarching goal of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – reflects a growing consensus on the need to consider other dimensions, beyond monetary ones, when thinking about poverty.
To improve the global understanding of multidimensional poverty, the International Movement ATD Fourth World, together with researchers from Oxford University, launched in 2016 an international research project in six countries (Bangladesh, Bolivia, France, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and the United States) to identify the key dimensions of poverty and their relationships.
The project is based on a Merging of Knowledge methodology, in which practitioners, academics, and people facing poverty are co-researchers. In this methodology, the different types of knowledge resulting from action, academic research, and life experiences are built first in an independent way through meetings with peer groups, then merged to enrich one another, resulting in new insights about the reality of poverty.
This process has led to the identification of nine key poverty dimensions that, despite differences in the daily lives of people in poverty across countries, are surprisingly similar.
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