What is Poverty?

Poverty is more than ever the result of a power struggle. It is increasingly systemic and stems from a "set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich" (John Berger), not from the lack of resources or wealth.

Poverties.org aims to take a closer look at the power relations within families, local communities and political systems, by examining qualitative research as well as large sets data and surveys. In doing so, it aims to uncover the discrimination, corruption and exploitation imposed by those in a position of power.

Popular articles

Poverty and crime

The Vicious Cycle of Crime

Crime and poverty have a very "intimate" relationship that has been described by experts from all fields, from sociologists to economists...
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Poverty in South Africa

South Africa

The fight against impoverishment in South Africa is actually supported by the country's Constitution, through social security...
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child labor in India

Child labor in India

If in proportion child labor is declining, when looking at absolute numbers, we see that more children than ever are faced with forced labor.
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Poverty statistics


You can find statistics on the poor around the world just about anywhere, but it's important to show you how easy to manipulate they are.
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Popular Videos

1to4 - NGO Presentation

1to4 is a non-profit that works in microfinance in developing countries - produced by Poverties.org.

An animated history of poverty

The poor may always have been with us, but attitudes towards them have changed.

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