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Poverty Alleviation: The Absence of Understanding or the Understanding of Absence?


  • Amin Mokhtar

    () (Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia)

  • Rujhan Mustafa

    () (Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia)


Is the issue of poverty being dealt with effectively? This essay examines the range of perspectives towards poverty eradication efforts, from the foreign aid in Africa to the poverty eradication efforts conceived by Ungku Aziz in Malaysia. In so doing, the essay attempts to understand the most effective ways poverty can be reduced, and in the end, found that the mismatch between the expectation of solutions and the reality of the poverty problem to be the nucleus of the ineffectiveness of poverty eradication efforts in Africa, and how in the Malaysia, the initial match between the two has managed to propel the poor’s standard of living to a better level.

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  • Amin Mokhtar & Rujhan Mustafa, 2015. "Poverty Alleviation: The Absence of Understanding or the Understanding of Absence?," Institutions and Economies (formerly known as International Journal of Institutions and Economies), Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, vol. 7(3), pages 124-141, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:umk:journl:v:7:y:2015:i:3:p:124-141

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    Education; Foreign aid; Poverty; Sarong index;

    JEL classification:

    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty


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