A definition of poverty

14th Sep 2014

An explanation of JRF’s definition of poverty and the terms used in it.

JRF’s definition of poverty is:

‘When a person’s resources (mainly their material resources) are not sufficient to meet their minimum needs (including social participation).’

This paper:

  • explains the above definition and the terms used;
  • sets out some of the challenges in defining poverty;
  • considers the difference between poverty and associated concepts.


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