World Poverty

World Poverty




World Poverty is part of the Global Issues series, which is designed to be a first-stop resource for research on the key challenges facing the world today. Each volume contains three sections, beginning with an introduction that clearly defines the issue, followed by detailed case studies of the issue's impact in the United States and several other countries or regions. The second section draws together significant U.S. and international primary source documents, and the third section gathers useful research tools such as brief biographies, facts and figures, an annotated bibliography, and more. A foreword written by an expert in the field complements each volume. A chronology, glossary, and index provide additional help.

Although poverty has decreased over the past two centuries, about 40 percent of the world's population still live on less than {dollar}2 per day. Approximately one in seven people-just under 1 billion-subsist on less than {dollar}1 per day. While the most extreme cases of poverty occur in the least developed countries, particularly in the rural areas of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, the crisis is hardly limited to those regions. The United States is considered the richest country in the world, yet it has the highest poverty rate among industrialized nations. It seems that growing prosperity only widens the inequality gap, both within a country individually and around the globe.

World Poverty explores the definition of true poverty, while analyzing its causes and the toll it has taken. Detailed case studies examine the situation in the United States, India, Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, and Ukraine and evaluate the variousstrategies national governments have adopted to fight poverty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816068074
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2008
Series: Facts on File Global Issues Series
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword   Steven N. Durlauf     v
List of Acronyms     ix
At Issue
Introduction     3
Focus on the United States     49
Global Perspectives     91
Primary Sources
United States Documents     163
International Documents     183
Research Tools
How to Research World Poverty     263
Facts and Figures     276
Key Players A to Z     288
Organizations and Agencies     303
Annotated Bibliography     321
Chronology     357
Glossary     384
Index     391

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