The best way to fight poverty, says Paul Polak, is to talk to and learn from the people who know the most about it-the poor themselves.
Paul Polack detailed his ideas for combatting poverty worldwide in an article in the Smithsonian earlier this year. You can read it here. Or find out more about his book on the subject, Out of Poverty , by clicking on the cover below.
One important difference between urban poverty in America and the third world, is the presence of government programs to assist the poor. But they can also pose a significant obstacle to climbing out of poverty, as Paul Polack explains.
Paul Polak was the keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual Dialog on Poverty hosted September 25, 2008 by Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County.