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World Bank Official To Discuss World Poverty Oct. 10

October 6, 2000 -- Deepa Narayan, a social-development specialist for the World Bank, will describe the realities of world poverty as expressed by poor people themselves in an Oct. 10 talk at the University of Virginia.

The talk, titled "Voices of the Poor: A Call to Action" will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Commonwealth Room of Newcomb Hall.

Narayan is the lead author of a three-volume study, "Voices of the Poor," based on the experiences of more than 60,000 poor people in 23 countries. The findings of the study provided the framework for the World Bank’s recently released World Development Report 2000/2001 on the theme of "Attacking Poverty."

"Voices of the Poor" emphasizes that poverty is multi-dimensional. Not only do poor people suffer from the material aspects of poverty, such as unemployment, lack of food, and inadequate access to quality health care, but there are also important psychological dimensions to poverty, such as feelings of powerlessness, lack of voice and a lack of freedom of choice and action.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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