Feb 21, 2010

IIS Academic Seminar for Alumni focuses on Poverty

February 2010

A seminar on “Understanding and Addressing Poverty” was organised by The Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 16 to 18 October, 2009. The seminar was attended by alumni of IIS’ graduate programmes as well as development professionals and academics.

The seminar brought together participants from around the globe to discuss the underlying causes of poverty as well as current and future models for poverty reduction. It reminded participants of the multidimensional nature of poverty and proposed a shift in the definition of poverty, expanding its scope from a narrow measurement that exclusively addresses income to a definition that includes deprivation and well-being. This approach can result in comprehensive policy responses that lead to more holistic approaches. During this seminar, participants examined ways of using this new approach to analyse various efforts that seek to tackle poverty. Visits to the world’s largest NGO, BRAC’s (Building Resources Across Communities) rural and urban programmes helped participants to conceptualise such interventions in practice.

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