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In conversation with others, we explore how poverty affects the mind, relationships, emotions and society as a whole, and what can be done to change it. Hear from activists, researchers, policy makers, and those with lived experience of poverty around the world.

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In conversation with others, we explore how poverty affects the mind, relationships, emotions and society as a whole, and what can be done to change it. Hear from activists, researchers, policy makers, and those with lived experience of poverty around the world.

    6. Multidimensional poverty in 2020: a double-sided picture – Sabina Alkire

    6. Multidimensional poverty in 2020: a double-sided picture – Sabina Alkire

    Many countries were on track to half multidimensional poverty by 2030, but Covid-19 may lead to a reversal of trends. More data is urgently needed to understand how the pandemic will impact people’s lives and how multidimensional poverty will evolve.

    In this special episode, Sabina Alkire highlights findings of the 2020 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) and reflects on measurement of multidimensional poverty. Sabina is director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford.

    You can find more information about this episode on the website: episode-6-multidimensional-poverty-in-2020

    • 25 min
    5. Poor people are not 'damaged goods' - Martin Burt

    5. Poor people are not 'damaged goods' - Martin Burt

    Eliminating poverty requires the empowerment of people to understand their own situation and find solutions for it. Agency and self-efficacy are as important for moving out of poverty as opportunities and resources are.

    In this episode, Martin Burt speaks about the Poverty Stoplight programme and his recent book ‘Who Owns Poverty?’. Martin is founder and CEO of Fundacion Paraguaya, an NGO devoted to developing solutions to eliminate poverty.

    Find out more about this episode on the website: episode-5-poor-people-are-not-damaged-goods---martin-burt

    • 22 min
    4. Shifting the blame and shame of poverty - Mary O'Hara

    4. Shifting the blame and shame of poverty - Mary O'Hara

    Blaming and shaming of people in poverty is endemic and needs to change. Being open to others’ experiences can create awareness that our commonalities outweigh our differences, one story at a time.

    In this episode, Mary O’Hara speaks about her most recent book ‘The Shame Game’. Mary is writer and award-winning journalist and has written about issues of poverty for more than 15 years.

    Find out more about this episode on the website: https://poverty-unpacked.org/2020/06/05/episode-4-shifting-the-blame-and-shame-of-poverty-mary-ohara/

    • 24 min
    3. Poverty (measurement) is political - Andrew Fischer

    3. Poverty (measurement) is political - Andrew Fischer

    Poverty (measurement) is political, experiences of shame and exclusion are not exclusive to poverty alone, and if we really want to reduce poverty, we need more redistribution at both national and international level.

    In this episode, we interview Andrew Fischer, who is Associate Professor of Social Policy and Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague in the Netherlands. He offers a critical perspective of how we measure and tackle poverty based on his book 'Poverty as Ideology': http://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/20614

    Find out more about this episode on the website: https://poverty-unpacked.org/2020/05/07/episode-3-poverty-is-political-andrew-fischer/

    • 21 min
    2. Coronavirus and poverty

    2. Coronavirus and poverty

    At the height of this global health crisis, we hear that coronavirus does not discriminate and that we are all in this together. But is this really true? Is it really the case that everyone is equal in the face of a pandemic like COVID-19?

    In this episode – with perspectives from Bangladesh, Kenya, Paraguay and the UK – we hear that the measures put in place to contain the virus hits people living in poverty hard. Social distancing is a privilege, people in precarious conditions bear the brunt of the pandemic’s economic consequences and government support needs to be more accessibly, timely and coordinated.

    Find out more about this episode on the website: https://poverty-unpacked.org/2020/04/09/episode-2-coronavirus-and-poverty-and-how-we-are-not-all-equal-in-the-face-of-a-pandemic/

    • 20 min
    1. All together in dignity - Diana Skelton

    1. All together in dignity - Diana Skelton

    In this episode of Poverty Unpacked, we speak with Diana Skelton from ATD Fourth World in the UK.

    Key discussion points include the pervasiveness of shame and stigma in the experience of poverty worldwide; the need to co-create knowledge and formulate policies together with people with lived experiences of poverty in order to overcome poverty; and how a sense of solidarity and common purpose in working towards social justice and can be created by bringing people from different backgrounds together to learn about what it means to live in poverty.

    Find out out more about this episode on the website: https://poverty-unpacked.org/2020/03/12/episode-1-all-together-in-dignity-diana-skelton/

    Find out more about this episode and the work by ATD Fourth World here: https://poverty-unpacked.org/2020/03/12/episode-1-all-together-in-dignity-diana-skelton/

    • 21 min

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