This bibliography is the first of a series of background papers from the
Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC). It has a specific focus on
chronic poverty in remote rural areas, one of several cross-cutting
research themes to be pursued by the CPRC. The bibliography is primarily
intended as a working document for the partners working within the
Centre, although it will hopefully be of use to researchers of poverty
and development more widely.
In its broadest sense, the term 'chronic poverty' refers to a
sub-group of the poor who experience poverty over a lengthy time period,
and at a particular depth. At the policy level there is a perceived need
to distinguish between the chronically and transitorily poor, in order
to ensure that the targeting and sequencing of poverty alleviation
measures are appropriate to the specific type of poverty involved. The
Centre's specific focus on chronic poverty is driven by growing
concerns that current development strategies and patterns of growth have
failed to alleviate the hard-core poverty experienced by certain
categories of poor people.
Remote rural areas - such as semi-arid, coastal, deep forests, borders
and mountainous areas - are a particular focus as they are likely to
experience poverty along several dimensions, including low incomes, low
rates of literacy, and political marginality. They are likely to have
underdeveloped and highly imperfect markets, limited non-farm livelihood
opportunities, poor social and physical infrastructure, and weak social
and political institutions. Some of these areas will be particularly
vulnerable to 'risk', particularly environmental shocks such as
drought or flooding.
Chronic Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africaand South Asia: A select annotated bibliography with special reference to remote rural areas, CPRC Working Paper No. 1, Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), Manchester, UK, ISBN 1-904049-00-1, 66 pp.
Chronic Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia: A select annotated bibliography with special reference to remote rural areas, CPRC Working Paper No. 1