Research topic: Poverty and Development
Despite the high expectations generated at the start of the 1990s, the past two decades have offered little hope to many poor countries whose populations increasingly find themselves in a complex web of poverty and deprivation.
The resilience of poverty and inequality
Poverty and inequality appear as resilient as ever and hundreds of millions across the world suffer the daily anguish of deprivation in some form or another, be it the pain of persistent hunger and disease, the absence of adequate health care or the blatant disregard of basic human rights. 1.4 billion people live in poverty, 1.6 billion live without access to modern energy, 25 per cent of the world’s children suffer from malnutrition and one in six have no supply of clean water.
SUMs research on poverty
SUMs poverty research explores how lives of the poor are characterised by the lack of capabilities and entitlements to food, health, education, land, natural resources, security and political influence. We are also interested in comparative studies of disparities across countries and regions in terms of income poverty, vulnerability and well-being and issues related to natural resource use and management, climate change, ethics, foreign aid, governance and human rights. Our aim is to study both success stories and failures, including studies of policy formulation and implementation which shed light on why certain poverty reduction strategies succeed in certain contexts and not in others.