Book launch: The Many Hidden Faces of Extreme Poverty

While the inclusion of extremely poor people is a noble and necessary objective, it is challenging. Attempts to include extremely poor people in development interventions have often been disappointing. ‘The Many Hidden Faces of Extreme Poverty’ by Anika Altaf addresses the challenge to include the poorest people. It provides deeper understanding of the mechanisms of in- and exclusion of extreme poor people, the structural causes of extreme poverty and the desirability of a univocal definition of extreme poverty. The book, based Altaf's PhD dissertation, contributes to such an understanding through an analysis of extreme poor and marginalised people and their multiple dimensions of wellbeing. Furthermore, the book sheds light on the discourses and practices applied by development agencies in order to draw lessons about how the extreme poor can be sustainably included in development interventions. This is based on original field research carried out in Bangladesh, Benin, and (rural and urban) Ethiopia, using a participatory approach.

Anika Altaf will give a short presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Jan Pronk, former Netherlands Minister for Development Cooperation, David Lawson, Nordic Africa Institute, and Nicky Pouw, University of Amsterdam.

Dr Anika Altaf has over a decade of experience in the field of international development with a strong focus on Sub-Saharan Africa (Benin, Burkina-Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, South-Africa) and South-Asia (Bangladesh and Pakistan). Her area of expertise is inclusive development and human wellbeing, specifically of the most marginalised people. She has ample experience in conducting participatory research, working with local communities and translating research into practice and policy.

Date, time and location

09 January 2020
10.00 - 11.00
Pieter de la Court building / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden
Room 5.A41