By Hakkarainen Outi & Wilska Kent
Locating Impoverishment is a report on the social structures and
practices that create and sustain poverty, and the possibilities to
The report clarifies how the structures and institutions work that
impoverish people and presents the roots of impoverishment recognised in
seven communities in Indonesia, Tanzania and Zambia. In these studies,
local people describe scarcity in their lives and how they earn their
living. They also reflect on how their living conditions could be
improved. The report also draws on international experiences that could
be part of the solutions sought in the communities studied.
The concept of impoverishment underlines that poverty is not created by
itself. Poverty is the outcome of structures that feed societal
inequality, it is maintained by people’s active deeds or inactivity. The
ending of impoverishment can be successful only if these structures and
practices will be dismantled.