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Mozambique uses income as a measure of poverty. On this basis, poverty has declined over the past two decades. ANTONIO SILVA/epa

Mozambique case study shows that poverty is about much more than income

Income is a useful measure for tracking economic progress over time. But a broader lens is needed to understand the relational and often political ways in which poverty emerges and is reproduced.
In low-rent outer suburbs, almost one in six households could not afford to keep their house cool and went without meals. ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock

Private renters are doing it tough in outer suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne

While politicians ignore calls to raise Newstart, alarming levels of financial stress among private renters, particularly in low-rent outer suburbs, show why current welfare payments are too low.
The Canadian tax system can, and should, put more money into the pockets of the country’s most disadvantaged citizens. (Shutterstock)

Refundable tax credits would help alleviate poverty

Tax credit refunds are an effective means of ensuring that Canada's poverty gap, now clearly identified, is addressed for low-income families. So what's taking so long?
Unemployment and a loss of health insurance are two problems not necessarily captured in official poverty measures. tuaindeed/Shutterstock.com

US poverty statistics ignore millions of struggling Americans

In the US, poverty is measured by income level. But that measure misses many other aspects of poverty – like unemployment, poor health and a lack of health insurance.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) waves from the stage during a traders national convention in New Delhi on April 19, 2019. Money SHARMA / AFP

India: a businessman’s dream, a citizen’s nightmare

As the rich get richer in India, many voters seem willing to overlook their everyday struggles, hoping that the trickle-down effect of a "business friendly" government will help the overall economy.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, speaks with Toronto Mayor John Tory before a recent news conference announcing funding for affordable housing in the Toronto area. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The Ontario government’s shameful snub of affordable housing

Canadians should invest in affordable housing. It's a commitment to lifting the most vulnerable members of our society from the ground up — and lifting our entire country up in the process.

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