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 extreme poor people in development interventions have often been disappointing. The Many Hidden Faces of Extreme Poverty: inclusion and exclusion of extreme poor people in development interventions in Bangladesh, Benin and Ethiopia (African Studies Collection, issue 75) 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 on Altaf's PhD dissertation, contributes to such an understanding through an analysis of extremely poor and marginalised people and their multiple dimensions of well-being. 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, senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, and Marleen Dekker, Professor of Inclusive Development in Africa at Leiden University and coordinator of INCLUDE, the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies in Africa.

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