Voices of the Poor: Crying Out for Change

Authored by: Deepa Narayan, Robert Chambers, Meera K. Shah, and and Patti Petesch

Categories: Human Rights
Sub-Categories: Economic Participation, Economic Recovery, Human Development
Region: No Region
Year: 2000
Citation: Narayan, Deepa, Robert Chambers, Meera K. Shah, and Patti Petesch. Voices of the Poor: Crying Out for Change. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

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Executive Summary

This book is based on the realities of poor people. It draws upon research conducted in 1999 involving over 20,000 poor women and men from 23 countries. Despite very different political, social and economic contexts, there are striking similarities in poor people’s experiences. The common theme underlying poor people’s experiences is one of powerlessness. Powerlessness consists of multiple and interlocking dimensions of illbeing or poverty. The organization of this book roughly follows the 10 dimensions of powerlessness and illbeing that emerge from the study. The remainder of the chapter presents the methodology and the challenges faced in conducting the study.