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Today is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – And Who Listens to the Poor?
When we think of the poor, we think in broad strokes. We think of a village devastated by a hurricane or a group of faceless beggars on the street or daily wage laborers huddled over a field. But the poor are not one entity. Far from it, they are Farida, who feared her dark skin led to a bad marriage, or Indu, a member of India’s marginalized tribal community, or Sukhibala, whose husband will not let her work outside the house. The voices of the poor are often forgotten when it comes to international development.  These voices are often drowned out by the statistical analyses aid agencies use to understand and better the lives of those billion in this world most in need. An individual’s unique life experiences and personality is just as crucial to determining whether she will escape from poverty as the nature of the aid she receives.... Continue Reading
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