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Poverty Alleviation and Wealth Creation

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Poverty = the state of being extremely poor.

Perhaps we need to reframe the question, instead of poverty alleviation or creating pro poor tourism efforts, we should be talking wealth creation.

Recommended Listening

Working showers improve health in poor communities - Housing for Health improves houses and living environments for people in poorer communities.

Eradicating poverty: if it's possible, what's stopping us? - if it’s possible to end poverty, what’s stopping us? Do we lack the moral fortitude for it or are we hamstrung by the enormity of the problem? What do human rights demand of us? That's the question asked by eminent political philosopher Professor Thomas Pogge.

Ending Poverty - Influential political philosopher Thomas Pogge argues for a new global institutional commitment to the swift and complete eradication of severe poverty.

Peter Singer: Great moral issues for the 21st century - Philosopher Peter Singer considers three great moral issues of the 21st century.

Elsewhere on the Web

Tourism and Poverty - Transitions Abroad
Poverty tours: A learning experience or simply gawking? - CNN
Packaging Poverty - Shawn Humphrey - @BluCollarProf
Business Fights Poverty -
Pro Poor Tourism Projects in Southern Africa
Next stop, squalor - Smithsonian
Slum Tourism - Foreign Policy Blog
VAMOS! Mexico
World Bank to develop new Tourism Account - TravelMole
Pro poor tourism - Google

Can tourism accelerate pro-poor growth in Africa - ODI (PDF)
The role of tourism in Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania (PDF)
Good tourism is the type that helps a country's poorest progress - Frans de Man


Why We Need Micro Loans Instead Of Slum Tourism - Brave New Traveler
Microfinance: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - WorldChanging
Microfinance’s Success Sets Off a Debate in Mexico - Elisabeth Malkin/New York Times

Buzzword Bingo

poverty porn - intimate depiction of poverty in film, television, etc., seen as being for the entertainment of an audience which is wealthy by comparison and therefore as being exploitative.

Climate Change

The world's poorest countries also are among the most vulnerable to climate change and will be disproportionately affected by harsher weather.


In Oaxaca numerous banks have created to help the poor. Many of these same banks have closed, leaving the poor more destitute than ever. In the past few years there have also been endeavors of creating microfinance projects. Right now it's a mixed bag. Government meetings tend to be closed door affairs.


Tourism and Poverty Alleviation
Tourism and Microphilanthropy
Sustainable Tourism Bank Watch


Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.
- Nelson Mandela

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Buzzword Bingo: Poverty Porn