The main hypothesis in this paper is that social exclusion ratifies poverty and encourages dynamics of chronic poverty. It explores the connections between social exclusion and poverty, and how this relationship is linked to dynamics that tend to make poverty chronic. We highlight the problem of lack of personal documentation, as both a symptom and a cause of social exclusion and chronic poverty, explaining the causes of undocumentation and the extent of the problem uncovered during our work.
Social exclusion, rights and chronic poverty in Bolivia, presented at Staying Poor: Chronic Poverty and Development Policy, Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, 7-9 April 2003. Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), Manchester, UK, 21 pp.