28 Mar Want less, use less, share more – a roadmap to 21st century global equality
PovertyMatters Blog, Guardian.co.uk
In the 20th century, increased production was a fairly successful response to absolute poverty, which had been the lot of most of the human race for most of history. But in the 21st century, that path has come to a dead end, as the planet reaches its resource limits. A more equal distribution of wealth needs to return to the centre of development theory.
There are many types of poverty but the one most people associate with international development is the absolute kind. If you are likely to die in childbirth, or your kids can’t go to school because they have to work, or you don’t eat enough food every day to keep your body functioning properly, then you are poor in this absolute sense.