Informal settlements are often undocumented or hidden on official maps, but they house about a billion people worldwide. Their existence demands a more sophisticated approach to urban development.
New research shows the harsh realities of getting by on a low income and highlights how help for those doing it tough needs to change.
South Africa's government makes much of its efforts of putting more land in the hands of the previously disenfranchised black majority. Yet, many beneficiaries continue to wallow in poverty.
AIDS and HIV are still major health threats, fueled by poverty and discrimination as much as by the virus responsible for the infection.
Mozambique has made significant progress in its fight against poverty despite recent economic and political challenges
The sad truth is that neither Trump's racist populism, or Clinton's maintenance of the status quo, will do much to help the real and biting difficulties many Americans are facing.
Sport migrations emerge within a general migratory context. In some societies, like the Pacific Islands, adulthood, particularly for men, cannot be completed unless one migrates.
Raja Ampat is one of the richest in bio-marine life in the world. But many inhabitants of the cluster of islands in West Papua, Indonesia live in poverty.
Jeffrey Sachs wants to press governments to follow through on their promises.
The new prime minister has made social justice her brand. But the evidence shows just how big a job her predecessors left for her.
If the government is going to get people out of poverty, it needs to focus less on getting people into work and more on where business is growing.
Lee: 'Business will be far from usual in a world of four, five or six degrees of warming.'
Reducing stubbornly high levels of violence can be achieved if there is a focus on ensuring that children are not exposed to violence or toxic stress at home.
A change of attitude which comes with some deep introspection by South African business leaders can help address some of the country's key socioeconomic challenges.
Income poverty statistics tell us relatively little about why Australian children live in poverty, or how to alleviate it. But housing plays a critical part in the problem.
Money and resources in Latin America often don't reach those who need them most – and criminal gangs are on hand to take advantage.
On the 20th anniversary of Bill Clinton's promise to "end welfare as we know it," a social work scholar asks why child poverty is still such a problem in the U.S. and what race has to do with it.
India's prime minister won a landslide victory promising to improve his people's lives. There's a very long way to go.
Mega development projects can have a positive impact. But there are risks. Between 2004 and 2013, some 3.4 million people were ‘physically and economically displaced’ by World Bank projects alone.
One in four people experience a mental health problem in any give year.