Understanding Extreme Poverty in the Words of the Poor – A Bangladesh Case Study

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A key target of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is “to eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere” by 2030. It is thus imperative to investigate how the poor people themselves perceive extreme poverty. In a Bangladesh context, contrasting lived experiences of the perceived poor and current dollar-based definition of extreme poverty seems to delineate different pictures. If poor people’s perceptions largely differ from the existing measure, poverty eradication in global development initiatives might become a mere statistical success. This paper argues that revisiting the existing definition in various country contexts might enhance the noble intention of poverty eradication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-216
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Poverty
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2021


  • extreme poverty
  • Bangladesh
  • social reality of poverty
  • voices of the poor
  • Sustainabale Development Goals (SDGs)


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