How to define Poverty?
when we think of Poverty, I don't think we would disagree on what poverty means, it can be seen, recognized and felt. what made me stumble is the bundle of issues that are brought forward with poverty, issues that power systems and people tend to disagree on how and when to deal with, for poverty could be any combination of this;
undernourishment, hunger, illiteracy, lack of education, physical and mental ailments, emotional and social instability, limited to no access to resources, knowledge and benefits. so its a manifested condition of inequality that takes many shapes whether in land distribution, infrastructure, capital, markets, credit, education, and marks differences in human development.
The United Nations defined Poverty in the social context as follows:
" a condition characterized by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information.” When people are unable to eat, go to school, or have any access to health care, then they can be considered to be in poverty, regardless of their income.
who is responsible for poverty — government, society or the individual?
all of us.