This topic considers how development problems are defined and the processes, agencies and debates involved in formulating policies and strategies to address these problems. The topic focuses on poverty as a key development concern. Students will explore the concepts and theories relating to cultural, political, economic and social aspects of poverty and the complex connections between poverty and other development problems. The topic includes an overview of the shifts in poverty policy globally and in particular countries. It considers the changing roles of key development agents including the state, the private sector, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and communities in addressing poverty. Students will apply this knowledge in a country-based poverty analysis.
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