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How to improve outcomes for children growing up in disadvantage? In this episode, we speak with Naomi Eisenstadt, director of the Sure Start programme in England. Finding a balance between creating opportunities and reducing pressures for families is vital, but at present there is too much focus on behaviour and too little recognition of the financial struggle. Read the full notes on our website:
Catching up on the latest news, books, podcasts and events on poverty in the first of our bi-monthly chats. In this episode, we talk about the books 'Broke' and 'Evicted and the housing crisis in the UK and the US, reflect on a Dutch podcast episode of 'Haagse Zaken' on poverty in the Netherlands and pick up on the debate about economic growth and poverty. Links to all the mentions in this episode can be found on our website: episode-31-poverty-unpacked-april-chat
Can basic income rewrite the narrative about poverty? In this episode, we discuss this and many other questions about basic income - or guaranteed income - and how to implement it. We are joined by Melody Valdes and Sarath Davala who discuss their experiences in Boston, US and Hyderabad, India. Find more information about this episode on the Poverty Unpacked website:
What is it like to face financial hardship? How to find the right support? What can anti-poverty organisations do better? Listen to Toneva Munroe, a social justice activist, about her own experiences in Boston, USA and the power of lived experience.
People in poverty contribute least to climate change yet also benefit least from policies that either try to mitigate climate change or help people adapt to it. Social protection can help vulnerable populations to adopt strategies that make them more resilient. In this episode, we are joined by Marco Knowles and Nicholas Sitko from FAO to discuss the need for greater investment in policies that help vulnerable populations cope with changes in our climate. Find out more on our website:
Empowering families in poverty to take control and set them on a path towards a better life, this is at the core of so-called ‘graduation’ programmes. Yet the programmes are not a silver bullet, nor do they work for everyone. In this episode, we speak with Greg Chen and Rozina Haque to mark the 20-year anniversary of the first graduation programme implemented by NGO BRAC in Bangladesh. Find out more about this episode and others on our website:
Rising food and fuel prices are causing the biggest squeeze on living standards in the UK and around the world in decades. The cost of living crisis has made many families rely on food banks so they are able to put meals on the table. In this episode - in collaboration with the Trussell Trust - we hear from Caroline about coping with higher costs of living and the experience of receiving support through food banks, and from Amy about the work of the Trussell Trust. Read more about this episode on our site:
Finding out about prices, checking the balance on your bank account and sending money to others – mobile phones can make all this a lot easier. But what are the challenges and risks of getting those on low-incomes to use digital technology? In this episode, we speak with Rosa Wang, author of 'Strong Connections. Stories of resilience from the far reaches of the mobile phone revolution’ and previously Global Director for Digital Financial Services at Opportunity International. You can find more information about this episode and our podcast on
The feminisation of poverty starts young and is compounded over the life-cycle. At every step of the way, policies and social structures disadvantage women, reinforcing the large gap between women's and men's income and wealth. In this episode, we speak with Annabelle Williams, author of the book 'Why women are poorer than men'. You can find more information about this episode on our website:
Mobility mentoring is brain science-based approach to break the vicious cycle of poverty. What does that mean? And does it work? In this episode, we speak with Elisabeth Babcock from EMPath, a nonprofit in the US implementing coaching to support economic mobility. You can more information about this episode on our website:
Turning the heating on, buying food or getting your child a school uniform. These are some of the impossible choices faced by people on low income. Instead of receiving support that helps them create a better life, the welfare system keeps people trapped. In this episode, we speak with participants Brian and Caroline and researcher Katie from the Covid Realities research project. We hear first-hand about the challenges of living on little and what needs to change.
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People in poverty experience disadvantage, stigma and discrimination in all aspects of life. Tackling poverty requires changing our language and making policies more universal, and governments taking their responsibility in doing so. In this episode, we talk with Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights about factors causing poverty and how to tackle it. Find more about this and other episodes on our website:
Hidden and invisible, the wastepickers of the trash mountains outside of Mumbai in India build their livelihoods by collecting glass, sorting cloth scraps and hunting for hospital waste. They are lives marred by precarity and danger, but also love and laughter. In this episode we are joined by Saumya Roy. author of Castaway Mountain - a non-fiction on the lives of people turning trash into treasure. Read more about this episode on our website here:
Having access to life's essentials is a universal need shared by all. The Social Guarantee aims to ensure that this need is met so that everyone can flourish and thrive. But how does it work? In this episode, we speak with Maeve Cohen from The Social Guarantee.
Secure employment and affordable housing are among the most desired goals of millennials in the UK, but out of reach for many. Social mobility is held up as the answer, yet punitive welfare place emphasis on individual responsibility rather than structural support. In this episode, researcher Thomas Rochow discusses young people's work and life experiences, how they shape their aspirations, and what this means for social mobility. More information about this episode on our website:
Aspirations can inspire positive action towards a better life, but poverty can hamper expectations for the future. What can policies do to increase aspirations and reduce poverty? And what are the risks of a focus on aspirations? In this episode, we discuss the link between aspirations and poverty with two scholars - Katrina Kosec and Cecilia Mo. Find more information about this episode on
Interfaith collaboration has enormous potential to mobilise community resources, foster a shared sense of humanity, and to tackle poverty. In this episode, we are joined by representatives from three faith-based organisations - Arigatou International, Shanti Ashram, and Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) to discuss the role of community-based work and interfaith cooperation in addressing child poverty. Find out more about this episode on our website:
The myth that Japan is a place where you can work your way out of poverty has been a pull for Nigerian migrants for several decades, only to be met with a hostile immigration system, dirty and difficult work and strong social hierarchies. In this episode, Dreux Richard speaks about his new book 'Every Human Intention' - an in-depth exploration of post-Fukushima Japan, including its Nigerian community. You can find more information about the episode on our website:
Social services around the world are rapidly being digitised. But benefits of digitisation are highly unequal. This episode delves into the issue of digital exclusion, what causes it, and how to address it. Together with Christiaan van Veen of the Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project, New York University School of Law and Becky Faith at the Institute of Development Studies, we talk about the impact of digital technology on marginalised communities across the world. Find more information about this episode on our website:
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