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Asset-Based Approaches to Poverty Reduction in a Globalized Context

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Publication Date: November 2006

Publisher(s): Brookings Institution

Author(s): Caroline Moser

Topic: Economics (Economic research)

Keywords: sustainable development; global poverty; development

Type: Other


This working paper provides a brief introduction to asset-based approaches to poverty reduction in a globalized context. The aim is to show the added value of asset-based approaches, in terms of both better understanding poverty and developing more appropriate long-term poverty reduction solutions. The paper draws on a number of sources, including: a longitudinal research project on Intergenerational asset accumulation and poverty reduction in Guayaquil 1978-2004; a number of associated background papers; and contributions to the recent Brookings Institution/Ford Foundation Workshop on Asset-based approaches to poverty reduction in a globalized context held in Washington DC on 27-8 June 2006.