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Voices of the poor : can anyone hear us ? (English)

This book is the first in a three-part series, about the common patterns that emerged from the poor people's experiences in many different places. Chapter 1 sets out the conceptual framework and methodology. Chapter 2 discusses poverty from the perspective of the poor. Chapter 3 examines poor people's experience with the state, and includes case studies of access to health care and education. Chapter 4 addresses the nature and quality of poor people's interactions with civil society. Chapter 5 considers the household as a key social institution, and discusses gender relations within households and how these relations affect and are affected by larger institutions of society. Chapter 6 focuses on social fragmentation, and includes a discussion of social cohesion and social exclusion. Chapter 7 concludes the analysis and proposes some policy recommendations. The analysis leads to these conclusions: 1) poverty is multidimensional; 2) the state has been largely ineffective in reaching the poor; 3) the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the lives of the poor is limited, forcing the poor to depend primarily on their own informal networks; 4) households are crumbling under the stresses of poverty; and 5) the social fabric - poor people's only "insurance" - is unraveling.


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    Naraya, Deepa Patel, Raj Schafft, Kai Rademacher

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    Poverty reduction; Participatory poverty assessment; Poverty; Nongovernmental organizations; Community-based organizations; Gender inequality; Women's role in household; Female headed households; Access to education; Access to health care; Education & the poor; Gender & education; Property rights; State; Corruption; Local officials; Elite (social sciences); Women's health; Civil society; Widows; Fragmentation



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Naraya, Deepa Patel, Raj Schafft, Kai Rademacher

Voices of the poor : can anyone hear us ? (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.