Dynamisms in the Understanding and Conceptualisation of Poverty in Nigeria
The issue of poverty has become a focus of researchers in poverty, especially in developing economies. One of the major issues of concern is the dynamism that characterizes its understanding and conception. This article explores various factors which explain the meanings of poverty in various ways in accordance with the views of community individual and anti-poverty organizational respondents across Nigeria. The essence is to establish how the understanding and conceptualization of poverty could help in the formulation of strategies towards poverty reduction. The findings show that changes characterize the understanding and conceptualization of poverty as justified by factors such as ownership of farmland, structure of abode, geographical location, possession of livestock, activities and appearances, inheritance and gender discrimination, and education and empowerment. The findings also indicate that these changes are anchored on certain economic, social, cultural, and political factors operating in different periods.
Keywords: Poverty, Dynamism, Poor, Poverty Conceptualization, Nigeria