Poverty in focus

How do we define poverty? Who is poor? Why? What should be done?

Ending poverty is a global priority. Sustainable Development Goal 1 calls for an end to poverty in all its forms everywhere. Over the past decade, the number of people living in extreme poverty has been reduced considerably, but it remains one of the world’s greatest challenges. What’s more, there is no consensus on what should be done. 

As part of our commitment to informing robust, scholarly and policy-relevant debate, Policy Forum has launched this special section: Poverty In Focus. We hope you find the contents both illuminating and thought-provoking, and invite you to join the conversation.

Professor Sharon Bessell
Editor, Poverty In Focus section



Naila Kabeer – the gender agenda

A social insecurity system

Is every billionaire a policy failure?


Measuring what really matters in measuring global poverty

Preparing for extremes

Monitoring poverty – Australia needs to raise its game

What if poverty is a choice?



Creating a future without poverty

Sabina Alkire
Philip Alston
Sharon Bessell
Mark Kenny

Development | South Asia


On this Democracy Sausage Extra during Anti-Poverty Week, Mark Kenny discusses creating a future without poverty with three of the world’s leading voices on poverty measurement, research, and eradication - former United Nations Special Rapporteur Philip Alston, Oxford University’s Sabina Alkire, and Crawford School’s Sharon Bessell. 

59 minute listen

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