CPCC's Global Issues Forum

The Issue: Global Poverty

If you hear about a 2% reduction in poverty, does that mean that things are only getting better for 2% of the people?  According to research conducted by Dr. Anirush Krishna of Duke University, no.   Through extensive research in multiple cultures, Dr. Krishna showed that there are simultaneously large groups of people both escaping poverty and falling in to it.  It is important to understand the causes of financial decline including illness or health care costs, loss of economic opportunity, cultural responsibilities, and, frequently several of these factors all at the same time.  It is also important to understand what types of aid can truly be effective in helping individuals raise their status.  Dr. Krishna concludes that that must be assessed at the local level to truly address the issues impacting that population.

The Event: Escaping Poverty and Becoming Poor

On Tuesday, November 18th, CPCC's Global Learning Office, hosted Dr. Anirudh Krishna. He (PhD in Government, Cornell University, 2000; Masters in Economics, Delhi University, 1980) is the Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University. His research investigates how poor communities and individuals in developing countries cope with the structural and personal constraints that result in poverty and powerlessness. Current research concerns include social mobility, spatial inequality, democratic governance, and urban slums (sites.duke.edu/Krishna). Recent publications include One Illness Away: Why People Become Poor and How they Escape Poverty (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Poverty, Participation and Democracy: A Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2008). Krishna also has five other books and more than fifty journal articles and book chapters.


What Can You Do to Help?

  • Learn > Educate yourself about poverty - Globally and in Charlotte.
  • Spread the Word >Talk about what you learned in your classes and your community organizations.  Consider a Poverty Simulation to help others understand this problem from a more personal level.
  • Donate > Monetary contributions to reputable local organizations can make a direct impact.
  • Volunteer >
    • Consider providing support or mentorship to children with low financial means
    • Assist the Benefits Access Center - which helps families seek additional resources leading to financial stability.