The poor and the middle class will be the hardest hit if the South African government increases the value-added tax.
The South African government should weigh its decision carefully whether to increase value added tax (VAT) as indirect taxes fall most heavily on the poor and the middle class.
Older Australians, women and people with disabilities are at high risk of being excluded from society by poverty and disadvantage.
Measures of household wealth don't go far enough in identifying those most at risk of being excluded from society, or in explaining the level of exclusion they face.
Not just for the workless.
MPs will vote Monday on a welfare bill which imagines a world where work is a gilded path away from poverty.
Deaths from diarrhoea in Bangladesh have been dramatically reduced through an effective ground-up campaign in poor communities.
Communities must be involved if technology and innovations designed to alleviate poverty are to be effective.
Equalisers: Argentina’s Cristina de Kirchner, Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff, and Uruguay’s Jose Mujica.
EPA/Leo la Valle
While still host to some of the world's most unequal countries, Latin America is making strides where Europe and the US are falling behind.
Brazil’s University of São Paulo.
As more foreign aid starts going to higher education, developing countries need to be careful about the direction of travel for their universities.
No wonder the Tories can’t look poor people in the eye.
After months of speculation, we now know how the Chancellor plans to save £12bn from the welfare budget.
The code of the suburbs dictates a different set of rules for dealing with conflict.
Why does suburban drug dealing tend to skirt the rampant violence of inner-city drug dealing?
Throughout history, most people have used marijuana to escape the toils of everyday life.
'Joint' via www.shutterstock.com
For over 500 years, the drug has been associated with racism and poverty.
The government wants to change the way it measures child poverty.
Sad child via lulu2626/www.shutterstock.com
With 17% of children living in poverty in the UK, the government wants to change the way it's defined.
It’s hard to eat well without a kitchen.
Shopping cart via www.shutterstock.com.
For some people receiving SNAP benefits, real luxury would be a kitchen in which to cook.
A concerted drive to develop the technology sector has transformed Mauritius into a cyber island.
Increased internet connectivity can spur economic growth throughout Africa. But the continent has a long way to go before it can reap any broadband dividend.
Multiple approaches to alleviating poverty help cater for different contexts and groups of people.
There is no one perfect package for alleviating poverty, but there is agreement on what the elements should be. Combination and sequence of interventions varies, depending on context and beneficiaries.
The gulf between the world’s poorest people and the rest of us is, if anything, widening despite global gains in lifting millions out of poverty.
Despite progress in lifting people above poverty lines around the world, the picture is bleaker for people at the very bottom of the ladder. They have largely missed out on the gains of recent decades.
New African economic history is challenging earlier wisdom by showing, for example, that railways have had profound effects, both positive and negative on African societies.
African economic history has had a renaissance and its most valuable contribution has been to show that Africans have not always been poor, nor are current poverty levels an inevitable destiny.
The MDG for eradicating poverty and hunger has been helped through new high-yielding varieties of rice (right) that can withstand drought in Africa.
Reuters/Erik de Castro
Science has had a crucial role in helping to meet the targets of the Millennium Development Goals. But there's much more to do.
Baltimore in flames.
Despite having a black police commissioner and mayor, Baltimore has become the latest focus of African-American anger at racist policing.
Making a comeback
Boston Public Library
The fashionistas aren't flocking there yet but things are happening in Brick City – especially when it comes to education policy.
Poorer boys are especially vulnerable when growing up in close proximity to wealth.
Danny Lyon/National Archives
Mixed-income housing has been promoted as a panacea to concentrated poverty and crime. But recent research raises some red flags.
The growing inequality that triggered the Occupy protests, such as this one in Bennington, Vermont, is now registering as an issue with politicians at the highest level.
Wikimedia Commons/Daniel Case
The opportunity gap between well-off and poor American children is vast and, more alarmingly still, it is growing. Some political leaders are starting to take note of the grim consequences.