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Millennium Development Goals: evaluation and beyond

In the year 2000, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, world leaders gathered at the United Nations in order to establish an ambitious project aimed at fighting global poverty in all its forms. They adopted the so-called eight Millennium Development … Continue reading

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Since when do public authorities care about poverty (3/3)

2nd Poverty Enlightenment – Mid 20th century onwards There exists nowadays a widespread agreement on the idea that poverty is a social plague against which governments and international institutions must take action. As a recent paper by Martin Ravallion explains, this … Continue reading

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Since when do public authorities care about poverty (2/3)

1st Poverty Enlightenment – From the late 18th to the mid of the 20th century. There exists nowadays a widespread agreement on the idea that poverty is a social plague against which governments and agencies must take action. As a … Continue reading

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Since when do public authorities care about poverty (1/3)

In the last 15 years, several international institutions have identified the reduction of poverty as one of their main objectives. The United Nations made it one of its height Millennium Development Goals and the European Commission identified it as one … Continue reading

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Questioning the use of the Head-Count ratio

The Head-Count ratio (HC) is the indicator of poverty by far the most used by governments and international organizations. The HC was for example the indicator used in the definition of the millennium goal[1] for poverty reduction. The main objective … Continue reading

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Tendances récentes de l’évolution de la pauvreté en Belgique

Comme expliqué dans un post précédent, dans son plan décennal de croissance EU2020, la Commission Européenne identifie comme l’un de ces cinq objectifs prioritaires de sortir 20 millions d’Européens de la pauvreté. La formulation de cet objectif est originale sous … Continue reading

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Different poverty lines in different countries: an explanation

When a country wants to measure poverty in its population, it first needs to determine who should be considered as poor. This is the case of individuals who do not attain the level of prosperity or living standards considered as … Continue reading

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