Poverty and Human Rights: East African Experiences
  • Authors: Bård A. Andreassen, Tiberius Barasa, JB Ndohvu
  • ISBN: 978 9966-01-253-2
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  • Published by: Focus Publishers


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In spite of progress in global poverty over the last years, poverty in its many manifestations and facets remains serious and severe in a number of countries, not least in East Africa. This book addresses poverty in East Africa as a topical human rights issue, and presents conceptual discussions and empirical research that help shed light on poverty as a human rights issue that entails violations of basic human rights. It sees poverty as closely related to social conflicts and injustices, and lack of adequate governance and political priorities by political elites.

The volume resents human rights analyses on a variety of topical poverty issues and addresses such subjects as failures of poverty reduction strategies, the use of law and litigation in addressing food poverty, gender dimensions of poverty, and cultural property and poverty. In separate chapters poverty and disability is addressed, and experiences with protecting child rights against poverty through law making. The volume also gives due attention to philosophical discussions, and addresses poverty as a theme in novels and poetry.

This book is an outcome of a time-long collaboration between the Center for Human Rights and Peace at the University of Nairobi, and the Norwegian Center for Human Rights, University of Oslo.

The Authors

Bård A. Andreassen, Professor at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights, University of Oslo

Tiberius Barasa, Senior Lecturer, Maseno University

JB Ndohvu, Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Nairobi