UE Alleviating poverty and inequalities : theories, concepts and tools

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Poverty is the core problem of developing countries and at the heart of development objectives and programmes. Since the recent global financial crisis, poverty and social inequalities also turned out to be a rising issue within Western countries. The lecture part of this course provides an overview on the global evolution of poverty and inequalities as well as conceptual frameworks for thinking about the multiple dimensions of poverty and their causes. The following two seminars are designed to familiarise the students with innovative project strategies and tools for poverty alleviation and social cohesion. A special issue will be the rising relevance in the Global North of concepts and strategies which have been designed for the Global South.

Recommended prerequisite

Background in social sciences

Targeted skills

Objectives and learning outcomes:
At the end of ths course, students should
- be aware of the global dimension of poverty and inequalities,
- master the different definitions and concepts of poverty, in order to understand the link between the way how actors of development conceive poverty and the solutions they propose,
- be able to critically address varying discourses in poverty and examine competing explanations for poverty reduction,
- to critically assess varying policies and programmes to combat poverty and inequalities. They also should be aware of the globalisation of the problem of poverty and the rising circulation of concepts, strategies and tools between the Global South and the Global North.