Who Owns Poverty?

What if we've been asking all the wrong questions about poverty?

This is a story about a question we never thought to ask – Who owns poverty? – and about an unexpected answer that challenges everything we thought we knew about what poverty is, and what we can do about it. 

This book is for the governments, development organizations and changemakers who are frustrated with simply trying to reduce poverty, or alleviate its effects—and our lack of progress in doing either. 

This is a book that celebrates the power of audacious questions and considers what happens when we put poverty back into the hands of the real experts: families living in poverty.

Martin Burt

Dr. Martin Burt is founder (1985) and CEO of Fundación Paraguaya, a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of entrepreneurship and economic self-reliance to eliminate poverty around the world. He is a pioneer in applying microfinance, microfranchise, youth entrepreneurship, financial literacy and technical vocational methodologies to address chronic poverty around the world. 

He and his team have also developed the Poverty Stoplight, a new poverty measurement tool and coaching methodology that assists families to self-diagnose their level of multidimensional poverty and develop customized plans to eliminate poverty. This new metric is now being implemented in more than 30 countries, including the US and the UK.

Dr. Burt is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum. In public service he has served as Chief of Staff to the President of Paraguay, was elected Mayor of Asunción, and was appointed Vice Minister
of Commerce.

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