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Confronting Crisis
Caroline Moser
Price: $ 22

A spanish summary of "Confronting Crisis: A Comparative Study of Household Responses to Poverty and Vulnerability in Four Poor Urban Communities" (Environmentally Sustainable Development Studies and Monographs Series No. 8; ISBN 0-8213-3562-6; Stock No. 13562). The full study focuses on the role that asset ownership plays in poverty reduction. It presents case studies from four communities in four very different regions: Cisne Dos, in Guayaquil, Ecuador; Chawama, in Lusaka, Zambia; Commonwealth, in Metro Manila, the Philippines; and Angyaföld, in Budapest, Hungary. Conclusions drawn from the studies highlight the importance of distinguishing between poverty and vulnerability. The report identifies the five main assets of the poor as labor, human capital, productive assets, household relations, and social capital. The more assets poor men and women have, the less vulnerable they are, but access to those assets is differentiated by gender. Women are particularly vulnerable to external forces, such as crime, as their economic situation worsens. However, the study also shows that women, because of their multiple responsibilities in the household and the community, play a critical role in transforming those assets into income, food, and other community-level basic services.

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