Both poverty research and social policy delivery employ a variety
of poverty definitions using various quantitative poverty
indicators. The choice of a specific definition has major
consequences for the identification and location of the vulnerable
poor and the types of poverty alleviation programmes to apply.
Research on poverty has historically depended upon econometric
analysis for both absolute and relative poverty definitions. This
has been the global industry standard by many poverty researchers
and institutions and has consequently spawned the subsequent
paradoxical definitions. However, if poverty is so simple to
research, analyse, scientifically conclude and understand, then why
can't we solve the phenomenon of poverty? There is a strong
probability that a clear understanding of the multidimensional
causes of poverty has not been achieved. The success of poverty
alleviation programmes depends profoundly on the spatial
determinants, the geospatial location and the identification of the
component of vulnerability that affect the poor in their respective
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