What is poverty?

Rationale/Development

It is important for outbound students undertaking international placements to understand how they and their activities fit into the larger context of development and the outcome for communities. It is particularly important for them to be introduced to multiple conceptualisations of what development means in different contexts, to different people and organisations. This activity enables students to:

  • Explore and engage with different conceptualisations of what development means in different contexts, to different people and organisations
  • Question the concept of development and its implications for communities

Time

40 minutes

Materials

Video links (see below)

Process

  • Ask students to work in pairs to define poverty – write their definition on large paper
  • Display the papers around the room and give students the opportunity to review the various definitions
  • Show students the 3 videos that define poverty
    • Restless Development (India)
    • Koto (Vietnam)
    • PACOS (Sabah, Malaysia)
  • Give students the opportunity to revise their definitions of poverty after having watched the videos
  • Ask students to share their revised definitions with the group and outline the reasons for any changes.

Restless Development:

Restless Development:

KOTO:

PACOS:

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