Strategy Documents

Strategic Plan 2008/2011

01 January 2008

There are many and varied definitions of poverty, but generally people are considered poor when they are unable to satisfy their basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, healthcare and other amenities.

Various quantitative measures are also used to count the number of people in a population falling under some thresholds (poverty lines) and classify them as living in poverty. Some of these measures are presented in monetary units, others relate to people’s access to resources, hence poverty is always defined in terms of access to resources that could be used to meet human basic needs for a decent and dignified way of living.