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Encyclopedias & Subject Guides

Encylopedia of World Poverty 2006

  • Accessible online through Sage Reference Online with TU NetID
  • Articles on concepts and countries

Eldis: The Gateway to Development Information

  • Go directly to country profiles by clicking on an appropriate region and country or search for the topic: poverty


  • Provides links to full text resources on poverty including the WB and IMF Poverty Reduction Strategies and PRSPs.

World Bank Group

  • The Data section on this site provides links to statistical sources including poverty indicators
  • Data & Research links to research/data publications organized by topic
  • Browse by Country to view all of the resources available for each country
    • Browse by topics such as financial crisis or fragile states

World Development Reports Online


United Nations Development

  • Also see Social Development and Poverty page of the Social Policy and Development Commission
  • World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) provides objective analysis of pressing long-term social and economic development issues, and discusses the positive and negative impact of corresponding policies. The analyses are supported by analytical research and data included in the annex.

United Nations Development Programme


World Resources Institute

  • Use the search feature on this Web site to find information on poverty. WRI is also responsible for EarthTrends, which includes extensive information on poverty. See the following link.

EarthTrends Poverty Resource

  • Excellent source for visual representations of poverty and the issues surrounding it.
  • "This resource explores the dimensions of human well-being through a combination of maps, datasets, resources, and short articles on the linkages between poverty and the environment." - from the Web site
  • Search for detailed country information in the form of statistics, maps, graphs, and charts on topics such as: demographics, environment, agriculture and natural resources.
  • Also includes maps of HDI (Human Development Index) and underweight children for some countries.

IMF Extended Credit Facility

  • Replaces the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility factsheets, which ceased publication in 2009
  • Check the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers [PRSP] prepared by member countries, which describe the country's macroeconomic, structural, and social policies in support of growth and poverty reduction.
  • Check the Country Listing for all IMF publications listed for each country.

Rural Poverty Report 2011 [International Fund for Agricultural Development]

  • Includes photo and video galleries.
  • Visit the Rural Poverty Portal , which includes country and topic reports such as community-driven development, gender, indigenous people, poverty reduction strategy, trade liberalization, and water.
  • Reports include links to government sites, policies & strategies, projects, people's stories, statistics, and links to sources of information from other organizations.

Social Watch: Poverty Eradication and Gender Justice

Statistics & Mapping

World Bank Group: Data & Statistics

UN Millennium Development Goals

  • The Millennium Development Goals "set targets for reductions in poverty, improvements in health and education, and protection of the environment."
  • Adopted by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the UN, and numerous other agencies.
  • Reports (2005 to date) include specific goals and data for both regions and specific countries.
  • Statistics presented in tables, charts and maps.

Atlas of Global Development . 3rd ed. 2011

  • Overview of social, economic, and environmental issues surrounding development in 208 economies.
  • Supplemental data tables on key indicators of development, poverty & mortality, health, education & gender, environment, economy, energy & infrastructure, business environment, government finance & aid.
  • World Bank eAtlas of Global Development maps and graphs more than 175 thematically organized indicators for over 200 countries and supplements the Atlas of Global Development , 3rd ed.

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Atlas of Global Inequalities. 2011

  • Maps inequalities including economic, power, social, health, educational, and environmental

Global Distribution of Poverty
[Center for International Earth Science Information Network]

  • Presents maps that represent the spatial distribution of poverty in the world. Thematic maps of demographic indicators, food security, poverty indicators, urban areas, and water & sanitation.
  • Data by region and selected countries

Maps & Graphics Library [UNEP]

  • Global, regional, and national maps searchable by themes including biodiversity & conservation, climate change, disasters & natural hazards, environment & security, freshwater; marine, pollution, poverty, urban issues and waste
  • Maps were pulled from the Web sites of many international organizations such as the UNEP and World Bank

UN Demographic and Social Statistics

  • Check for UN Social Indicators for statistics on childbearing, contraceptive use, education, health, housing, human settlements, income & economic activity, literacy, unemployment, water supply & sanitation, arranged alphabetically by country.

Human Development Indicators

  • A selection of mostly current statistics from Human Development Indicators published by United Nations Development Programme. Browse by topic or search by country.

Index of Economic Freedom [Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal]

  • Use the menu bar to access the index which allows comparison and ranking of economies of countries and regions of the world.
  • Measures the policy factors including government intervention, monetary policy, wages and prices, and property rights.

Latin America

Inter-American Development Bank

  • Check Topics page for relevant information
  • Access information by country

ECLAC: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Check the Statistical Information and Publications sections of the site for downloadable documents in English and/or Spanish.
  • For example, in the Publications section is Social Panorama of Latin America, which presents information on poverty and income distribution, hunger, poverty and gender, social expenditure, and employment practices.

African Development Bank Group


Office of the Special Advisor on Africa [United Nations]


Asian Development Bank: Fighting Poverty in Asia and the Pacific

  • Check Poverty Reduction for links to poverty reduction strategies, millennium goals, and country reports.

ESCAP: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

The URL for this Web page is http://pages.towson.edu/sara/poverty.html

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