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Urban poverty - from understanding to action


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Source : Environment and Urbanization, Volume : 7 Number : 2 Page : 3 — 10

...There are many aspects
of poverty -not only a lack of income but a
lack of assets,a lack of power,a lack of legal
rights (or their upholding), a lack of the resources
or contacts necessary to secure political advantage,a lack of access to education,and a very poor quality of housing
in which most low-income groups have
to live and the tremendous health burden this
brings with it, especially where health care
provision is also inadequate. But because
urban poverty has been equated only with a
lack of income, as Northern concepts of “poverty
lines” were transferred to the South with
little or no modification, the interventions that
successfully addressed the other aspects of
poverty were not considered as poverty reduction.