Department of Social & Policy Sciences

New Book Release: Dollarisation of Poverty Rethinking Poverty Beyond 2015

Thu Jul 02 14:23:00 BST 2015

Poverty is a political and highly contested concept and decades of vigorous debate on the topic have reached little consensus beyond suggesting that no unanimously agreed definition of poverty that can be applied for everyone. In addition, how one defines poverty is closely linked to the nature of the solution they intend to apply to the problem.

In his recent book, Dollarisation of Poverty Rethinking Poverty Beyond 2015 , Palash Kamruzzaman offers a fresh lens on global poverty reduction debates, and argues for multi-faceted and contextualised understanding of poverty as a must for the future global development agenda.

The book examines the politics of applying one universal definition of poverty and provides a critical review of the extent to which this understanding of poverty actually contributed to poverty reduction in poor countries, while highlighting the multi-faceted nature of poverty including monetary, and non-monetary features.

Kamuzzaman then takes a look forward and ponders the future of poverty reduction agenda in the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals era. Ultimately arguing that national poverty lines should be the benchmark and variable times and targets should be used for different countries taking specific countries socio-economic and geopolitical issues into account.

This comprehensive and analytical publication comes at an important moment for the global debates on poverty as the world sits on the cusp of the launch of a new post-2015 development framework, where poverty reduction sits high on the agenda.

About the author

Palash Kamruzzaman is a Development Sociologist with expertise in South Asia and particular interests in global poverty, politics of policy-making, participation, civil society, and actor oriented sociology.

Dollarisation of Poverty Rethinking Poverty Beyond 2015 is published through the Palgrave Macmillan Pivot Series.