Differences Between Absolute And Absolute Poverty

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The problem of poverty has been a key concern of social policy throughout its development. Defining poverty is complex because poverty has different measurement in different countries. As an example for that in Europe poverty is defined as when the person’s income falls below 60%. Whereas in England poverty is being measured in three types, the first type is absolute poverty, the second type is relative poverty, and thirdly broader indicator of material deprivation, such as if the family can afford for their child a birthday cake. This essay will argue about the differences between the two types of poverty absolute and relative poverty as it will be compared and contrasted.

Absolute poverty is one kind of poverty that can be defined as the difficult life without the essentials of life, such as: water, clothing, housing, food, and shelter. In other words it is a kind of conditions that cannot be change over a period of time, as an example of that poverty in Africa. There are many causes of absolute poverty, one of the important causes is that the world
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People who lives in absolute poverty has a low income and there is a survey that have been done of the number of families who lives under the poverty line. Around 25 million families who lived under the poverty line with less than 3,500 dollars a year (President’s Commission on Income Maintenance Programs, 1972). The majority of those countries who lives under the poverty line are South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, The West Indies, East Asia and the Pacific; nearly half live in India and China alone. Further, there are countries who suffer from having lack of food supplies which is considered as absolute poverty, the chart below present the percentage of hunger poverty in Sub-Sahara, Latin America, and Asia in 2009 (FromPovertyToPower,

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