Urban poverty – some myths and a reality check

Urban poverty – some myths and a reality check

Based on the evidence available, it is reasonable to conclude that there is no “widespread abject poverty in urban areas”; greater focus should be to address widespread poverty in rural areas and restrict role of government in urban areas to providing basic physical and social infrastructure.

 

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