What is Poverty?

We are all familiar with the word poverty. We know who in the world lives in poverty and who certainly doesn't but how do we know? What are the indicators that we use to work out whether someone lives in poverty or not?

Poverty is the severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information. It depends not only on income but also on access to services.
— UN

Poverty is multidimensional and complex and, as a result, needs a holistic, sustainable, community centred approach to ensure families and individuals have the best chance of escaping poverty and becoming self-sufficient. It is important for governments and NGOs to assist poverty relief through empowerment and the nondiscriminatory provision of opportunities, leading to income stability for families and a boost in economic growth for both the local community and the wider country. 

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