Voices of the Poor

World Bank Publications/Oxford University Press

From World Bank Publications

A multi-country research initiative to understand poverty from the eyes of the poor, the Voices of the Poor project was undertaken to inform the World Bank’s activities and the upcoming World Development Report 2000/01.

Voices of the Poor provides a unique and detailed picture of the life of the poor and explains the constraints poor people face to escape from poverty in a way that more traditional survey techniques do not capture well. Each of the three volumes demonstrates the importance of voice and power in poor people’s definition of poverty. Voices of the Poor concludes that we need to expand our conventional views of poverty which focus on income expenditure, education, and health to include measures of voice and empowerment.

Can Anyone Hear Us? gathers the voices of over 40,000 poor women and men in 50 countries from the World Bank’s participatory poverty assessments (Deepa Narayan, Raj Patel, Kai Schafft, Anne Rademacher, and Sarah Koch-Schulte, authors).

A copublication of the World Bank and Oxford University Press.