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The NCCR North-South was one of 27 National Centres of Competence in Research implemented by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. >> More
Globalisation has a profound effect on the world’s poor. For some, it creates new economic opportunities. For many others it only adds new obstacles in the constant search for a sustainable livelihood. Many of the causes of poverty are rooted not in a lack of available resources, but in institutional and territorial barriers that impede access to them. Economic programs based on market liberalisation, privatisation and reduced government controls often benefit only those who already have a fixed place in the economy. For those on the outside, poverty itself limits access to state-run programs for the promotion of livelihood opportunities. The most common result is the rise of “informal” survival strategies that only increase the economic, social and political vulnerability of the poor. Research conducted by the NCCR North-South is concerned with the changing economic, social and political structures that determine the livelihood options available to the poor. Particular attention is paid to the possibilities for changing institutional structures and government policies to render them more responsive to the needs of the poor. Case studies aim at identifying strategies for the poor to take better advantage of existing opportunities and to enhance their ability to adapt to the constantly changing conditions of the globalised market economy.
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