Soundbites: Defining and Approaching Poverty

July 12, 2011

“Poor people typically talk in terms of shame, inferiority, powerlessness, humiliation, fear, hopelessness, depression, social isolation, and voicelessness. North American audiences tend to emphasize a lack of material things such as food, money, clean water, medicine, housing, etc.” (53)

“The problem goes well beyond the material dimension, so the solutions must go beyond the material as well.” (54)

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

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