This short paper examines the issue of chronic urban poverty for the
Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC). The aim of the report is
twofold: firstly to review the relevant literature and secondly to
suggest research topics and ideas for the first two years of what is
envisaged as a five-year project. As will become apparent the literature
on chronic urban poverty is almost non existent; thus a lot of what
follows is an attempt to reconsider more general urban poverty
literature through a chronic poverty lens. Finally it is intended as a
first attempt to develop some \"working hypothesises\" to guide further
ongoing research in what is anticipated as a five year research project.
Over the last few years there has been a growing interest in poverty by
the International Development agencies. Unfortunately there has often
been a tendency to see poverty as a rural phenomena. The implicit
assumption has been that urban areas will benefit from growth. In this
analysis framework it becomes almost axiomatic that chronic poverty -
being a more extreme version - will be also be a rural phenomena. This
paper seeks to directly challenge this view and furthermore to suggest
that an study of chronic poverty and by implication the CPRC must have
an urban dimension.
Thinking about chronic urbanpoverty, CPRC Working Paper No. 12, Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), Manchester, UK, ISBN 1-904049-11-7, 20 pp.