[Soasiastudents] Anirudh Krishna Oct. 13
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Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology
The South Asia Center, Jackson School of International Studies
Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University
Friday October 613th
12.30 pm to 2 pm
Parrington Hall Commons
The Making and Unmaking of Poverty:
Results from Five Countries and 25,000 Households
Anirudh Krishna is an assistant professor of public policy and political science. His research is, broadly, on democracy, community development, social capital and poverty. His most recent book, Active Social Capital: Tracing the Roots of Development and Democracy, was published in 2002 by Columbia University Press. Before turning to academia, Anirudh worked for 13 years with the senior Indian Administrative Service, where he planned and managed programs for urban and rural development, including a program of integrated watershed management.
Even as some households are coming out of poverty, other households are concurrently falling into poverty. New poverty is being made even as some old poverty is unmade.
A bottom-up methodology for studying poverty was developed to help examine movements out of and into poverty at the grassroots level. Poverty dynamics were tracked within 212 rural communities of India, Kenya, Uganda, Peru, and North Carolina, USA for a total of more than 25,000 households, and detailed interviews were conducted with a subset of over 7,000 households. These investigations revealed that (a) escape from poverty and descent into poverty have occurred simultaneously in every community; (b) large numbers of households have fallen into poverty even as large numbers have escaped from poverty; (c) even quite well-to-do households have fallen into abiding poverty; and (d) the set of factors associated with escapes out of poverty differs from the set of factors associated with descents into poverty. Two separate sets of poverty policies are required: one set of policies to facilitate households' escapes out of poverty, and another set of policies to head off descents into poverty. Preventing descents into poverty more effectively should become a key component of the strategy for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Yet, preventing poverty is mostly neglected: governments' strategies and those of donors are primarily concerned with raising people out of poverty.
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Professor Krishna's paper is available at:
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South Asia Center, Jackson School
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