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Moving Out of Poverty: Success from the Bottom-Up

Moving Out of Poverty: Success from the Bottom Up


by Deepa Narayan, Lant Pritchett and Soumya Kapoor
Published by Palgrave and World Bank

"This book is an important resource for everyone who is working to alleviate poverty", former President Bill Clinton.

The goal is clear: to end poverty. And to do that we must begin by answering the question of why poor people are poor. Beliefs about the poor and the underlying causes of poverty determine the actions that development practitioners pursue, the policies that national politicians devise, and the actions that we as concerned citizens take.

Our book is about local realities, and about the urgent need to develop poverty-reducing strategies informed by the lives and experiences of millions of poor people in communities around the world. When we look closely at the local realities of communities rather than at countries, we see movement, not only stagnation. Despite the odds, some poor people in places from Bangladesh in South Asia to Mexico in Latin America are moving up and out of poverty. At the same time, others in the same communities are stuck in poverty or falling down. We set out to find out why and how.

Press Release | Overview (5.96 mb PDF) | Video (English | Spanish) | Interview with Deepa Narayan | Poverty's Two-Way Street, New York Times, Op-ed, by Deepa Narayan | Buy the Book 


Chapter 1: The Moving Out of Poverty Study: An Overview

Chapter 2: Stories about the Poor, Stories by the Poor

Chapter 3: Poverty Is a Condition, Not a Characteristic

Chapter 4: I Believe I Can

Chapter 5: The Dream of Equal Opportunity

Chapter 6: All Politics Is Local: How Better Governance Helps the Poor

Chapter 7: The Unfulfilled Potential of Collective Action

Chapter 8: Concluding Reflections

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