Who Owns Poverty?

Who Owns Poverty?

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This is a story about a question we never thought to ask - who owns poverty? - and about an unexpected answer that challenges everything we thought we knew about what poverty is, and what we can do about it.

This book is for the governments, development organizations and changemakers who are frustrated with simply trying to reduce poverty, or alleviate its effects-and the lack of progress we face in doing either.

This is a book that celebrates the power of audacious questions and considers what happens when we put poverty back into the hands of the real experts: families living in poverty.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 18mm | 294.84g
  • Wareham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 black and white illustrations
  • 1912157128
  • 9781912157129
  • 681,706

Table of contents


1. Gala Dinner
2. The Plague
3. Chameleons and Crabs
4. Poverty
5. Not Poverty
6. Subjectivity
7. Influencing
8. Poverty Stoplight
9. Acceptance
10. Credibility
11. Resistance
12. Poverty-free Clients...and Staff
13. Poverty-free Businesses
14. Poverty-free Villages



List of Acronyms
Poverty Stoplight (Paraguay Version) Dimensions & Indicators
About the Author
Further Information
How to Make Chipas

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Review quote

"A meditation on poverty that goes profoundly deeper than anyone else has gone. This book will bring major changes in public policy." (EDMUND PHELPS, 2006 NOBEL LAUREATE IN ECONOMICS; DIRECTOR, CENTER ON CAPITALISM AND SOCIETY, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY) "A new paradigm for effective change. Those entrenched in old funding and program models will find this book irritating. Those whose first commitment is to results rather than legacy models will find it illuminating. Open. Read. And learn from one of the world's most effective influencers." (JOSEPH GRENNY, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING CO-AUTHOR OF INFLUENCER AND CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS) "Burt weaves a compelling case that... long-neglected perspectives from the South are as important as those from the North. This book should be on every development syllabus, and on the nightstand of everyone working to end poverty." (RICHARD MATTHEW, FACULTY DIRECTOR, BLUM CENTER FOR POVERTY ALLEVIATION, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE) "Having worked in social development for the past 40 years, I am excited with how Burt defines and simplifies poverty, and places it where it belongs... in the family." (ZANELE MBEKI, SOCIAL WORKER AND FOUNDER, WOMEN'S DEVELOPMENT BANKING TRUST (SOUTH AFRICA)) "Martin Burt fundamentally reframes the way we think about poverty. A must-read for all people who are fighting for transformational change." (WILLY FOOTE, FOUNDER AND CEO, ROOT CAPITAL (US)) "A powerful reminder that good intentions will not solve global poverty." -MARGEE ENSIGN, PRESIDENT, DICKINSON COLLEGE "A wonderful account of his personal journey exploring how to make poverty measurement genuinely `owned' by the poor in ways that expand their agency to potentially transform the nature of their interaction with state and market institutions." -MICHAEL WALTON, SENIOR LECTURER IN PUBLIC POLICY, HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL
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About Martin Burt

Dr. Martin Burt is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fundacion Paraguaya, a non-profit devoted to the promotion of social entrepreneurship and economic self-reliance to eliminate poverty around the world. He is a pioneer in applying new poverty metrics, microfinance, micro-franchise, youth entrepreneurship, financial literacy and financially self-sufficient agricultural technical vocational methodologies. Dr. Burt is currently a board member of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum, the Global Foodbanking Network, and Teach A Man To Fish. He is Co-Founder of the Bertoni Environmental Foundation, Asociacion Paraguaya de la Calidad, Paraguay Educa, Club Universitario de Rugby de Asuncion, Sistema B Paraguay, and the Mbaracayu Forest Foundation. In public service, he has served as Chief of Staff to the President of Paraguay, was elected Mayor of Asuncion, and appointed Vice Minister of Commerce. Dr. Burt has written books on economics, development, municipal government, poetry and education. He has received awards from organizations including Avina Foundation, Skoll Foundation, Schwab Foundation, Synergos, the Eisenhower Fellowship, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Innovation Summit for Education, and Nestle. He is a graduate of the University of the Pacific and George Washington University. He holds a PhD from Tulane University, and is a Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of California, Irvine. Dr. Burt was born in Asuncion, Paraguay in 1957 where he resides with his family.
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