Research presentations at the Poverty Conference 2001
An interesting and challenging paradigm shift is taking place, where poverty is not only seen as a lack of economic resources, health and education. The new concept also includes less easily measured conditions, such as vulnerability and lack of power. For most of us who are interested in education, the shift towards a more holistic view on poverty is a welcome step towards the recognition of the many potential roles of education – for the individual, throughout his or her life span, as well as for the development of society. Education is potentially good for income generation, but it also has a strong potential to improve a person’s self-esteem. However, both research and experience show many obstacles that stand in the way for education’s contribution to poverty reduction. A number of factors in society interact to make education more or less successful when it comes to improving life conditions of the poor.
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