Poverty Is a Multi-Faceted Concept That Can Be Defined in Various Ways.Write an Essay in Which You: Outline This Concept as Well as Distinguish Between Absolute and Relative Poverty. in Your Discussion Provide Relevant

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Assignment no 4
Course : DVA 1501
Due date : 22 March 2013
Title : Poverty is multi-faceted concept that can be defined in various ways. Write an essay in which you outline this concept as well as distinguish between absolute and relative poverty. In your discussion provide relevant examples to illustrate your understanding. Discuss any three causes of poverty in Third World countries using concrete examples.

Table of contents
1. Introduction
2. Definition of poverty
3. Definition of Absolute and Relative Poverty
4. Robert Chambers’ deprivation trap
5. Factors that Causes poverty in Third World countries
6. Conclusion
7. References

Introduction
This assignment will focus on Poverty related issues. Poverty is a striking issue that
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The World Bank (1975:19) in Frik De Beer and Hennie Swanepoel Introduction to development studies: 2000:2 describe relative poverty as an expression of the poverty of one entity in relation to another entity. For example: in relation to south Africa, Lesotho is poor, in relation to the United States of America, south Africa is the poorer country. Another example: in relation to the average American family, the African-American family suffers poverty or deprivation, while in relation to an African –American family an average Malawian family is poor. Relative poverty defines two elements of a society that compare each other, for example, In South Africa comparing provinces, Gauteng is rich when compared to Cape town and Cape Town is poor when compared to Gauteng and Cape town is rich when compared to Limpopo As Webster puts it (1984:16-19) in the Study Guide University of south Africa DVA 1501:72): poverty is a relative term, a condition that can only be defined by comparing the circumstances of one group of people or an entire economy with another one. Relative Poverty is not different to absolute poverty but it can be seen as a definition of absolute poverty. The World bank 1975:17 in Introduction to development

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