This book is the first of a series of three books arising from, Young Lives Research on Children and Poverty, a Young Lives study on how poverty affects children’s lives at the beginning of the twenty-first century both their current experience of it and the way it will shape their future life trajectories. At least since the work of Amartya Sen in the early 1980s, it has been accepted that poverty cannot be understood simply in terms of income. Adequate livelihood includes people’s ‘entitlement’ to necessary goods and empowerment to exercise some control over their own life. Crises that damage lives and result in inadequate livelihoods affect people differentially, and may continue to affect them years after the initial shock. Analysis that can effectively guide policy towards enabling poor people to improve their circumstances and opportunities must disaggregate poverty and examine the detail of who is affected and how, as well as the factors that promote or constrain personal and/or structural change.


Childhood Poverty Survey Round Early Round Young Life Damage Life 
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