Prof. Rehman Sobhan challenges the traditional definition of poverty as a form of income deprivation. He redefines poverty a process that excludes significant segments of society from more equitable participation in development opportunities and in decision making. Sobhan identifies a variety of operational ideas that can be used by policy makers, political activists and civil society advocacy groups, to build a more inclusive society in South Asia.

Poverty remains endemic across South Asia. Inspite of some progress in reducing the number of people living below the poverty line, South Asia remains home to the largest concentration of poor people across the globe.

Professor Rehman Sobhan is Chairman of the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh. He has published a large number of books and articles relating to the political economy of development, public enterprise, foreign aid and regional cooperation in South Asia. He has also worked for the UN, Committee for Development Planning and the UN Governing Council.

Challenging the Injustice of Poverty in South Asia at Sage Publications.

Contact: Arne Wiig, senior researcher CMI