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How urban poor community leaders define and measure poverty
SOMSOOk BOONYABANCHA and THOMAS KERR Sept 2015 Abstract This paper describes how urban poor community leaders in six nations (Cambodia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam) worked together to define poverty, assess its causes, and suggest how best to measure it and address it. Their work drew on over a thousand detailed household expenditure surveys from different settlements in a range of cities in the six nations. Five distinct groups could be distinguished among these urban poor households, and the work suggested that two poverty lines were needed. The community leaders also reviewed national and international poverty lines and found these to be incompatible with reality, especially the US$ 1.25/person/day poverty line. The paper draws some conclusions and describes plans for the country teams to further this work, including engaging with their national governments over the definition and measurement of urban poverty.
ACHR News October 2015
The Community Architects Network Asia - CAN- began in 2010, initially to support ACHR’s ACCA citywide upgrading projects. It has grown to expand its goals and activities and now embraces young architects in 25 countries. The Buckminster Fuller Institute has recognised the impacts of CAN by including it in the semi- finals (last 6 innovative finalists) of its BF International Award for the betterment of communities and cities. ********** It is with much sadness that we inform you that Rashid Khatri passed away in Battambang Cambodia on the evening of the 15th September 2015. Sad and sudden news. ************ Three important meetings coming up for ACHR from 15th to 21st October in Jakarta, Indonesia. Groups from the coalition from 9 countries will attend.
ACHR e-News June 2015
1. Lumanti, ACHR, CAN: Nepal Earthquake Recovery Efforts ***** 2. CAN News: Perween Fellowship; Regional Workshop in Philippines; New CAN Newsletter ***** 3. Women’s Coop Exchange in Sri Lanka with Myanmar, Indonesia and Cambodia ***** 4. 2 New Studies: Poverty Line Extension; Study of Community Funds. ***** 5. ACHR / SELAVIP Meeting: Housing & Infrastructure projects; the poorest of the poor. Plus ***** 6. UPCA’s Regional Fund for the Poor ***** 7. DPU Students in Cambodia with CAN-CAM ***** 8. The closing of ACCA ...... Latest News EXTRAS Click EXTRA above
DONATIONS FOR RECOVERY EFFORTS IN NEPAL ARE VERY WELCOME: We would like to announce that we are raising funds for the recovery effort in Nepal after the devastating earthquake. ACHR has experience in recovery efforts and community upgrading over the past 25 years in Asia, and Nepal is one of our strongest coalition members with a network having implemented city-wide upgrading in 18 cities in Nepal since 2009 involving more than 110 communities. This process has been carried out through the ACCA program and LUMANTI. LUMANTI is an Nepalese NGO who has supported community development in Nepal since 1993. They will be key actors in this recovery process, along with experience recovery experts fro the ACHr network in Asia. If you are interested in donating to support the recovery process in Nepal you can donate to ACHR and we will send all donations to the Nepal team. CLICK MORE FOR DONATION DETAILS
The 3rd Regional Community Architects Network Workshop
TOGETHER WE CAN: PEOPLE PLANNING FOR INCLUSIVE FUTURE CITIES. 25.04.2015 LOCATION: METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES The Third Regional Community Architects Network Workshop and Meeting will take place between 16th-23rd June 2015 in Metro Manila, hosted by the Philippine Alliance. This year's theme is: Together we CAN! People planning for inclusive future cities. The workshop will regroup over 100 participants from different countries, including CAN members, people’s organisations, representatives of local and international institutions such as public authorities, academics and students, CBOs, NGOs, etc. The event will involve several activities, such as the presentation of the Philippine context; the sharing of  country experiences and updates on their processes and approaches for community architecture; reflection sessions; exhibits; etc.
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