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Although a wealthy country, Australia nevertheless has pockets of poverty which remain resistant to anti-poverty policies. After describing the dimensions and demographics of poverty with emphasis given to Indigenous Austalians, the paper describes how Australian governments have responded,...
In recent years, Japan has pursued two paths to deal with the growing number of welfare recipients: ‘second safety net programs’ that pre-empt reliance on the public assistance system and ‘self-reliance programs’ for current public assistance recipients. This paper examines the effectiveness of...
This article examines the role of social work in three poverty-reduction programs in the Philippines. The examination centers on the values and principles underpinning the work undertaken and their relation to particular conceptions of social work. It is argued that the role played by social...
After three decades of spectacular economic growth, poverty was thought to have disappeared by the 1990s in Singapore. However, in the last decade, increasing inequality and stagnation of wages of bottom earners have resulted in an expansion of social welfare policies. This article discusses the...
This study identified 19 food bank/voucher programs in Taiwan, and analyzed the features and challenges of these programs. The main findings showed the anti-poverty effect of the new measure still needs to be observed, and the commodification of social assistance and the secondary food system...
India's 84 million indigenous people inhabit the harsh drylands that receive low rainfall. In the rankings of the Indian caste system, adivasi (meaning ‘original people’ or tribal) are the most downtrodden socially and economically. They have less access to commerce and public services. The...
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