The theme of the World Bank's principal publication in 2000/2001, the
World Development Report, was "Attacking Poverty." Such a focus is not
surprising given the centrality of fighting poverty to the mission of the
World Bank. However, what was noteworthy about the 2000/2001 Report
was the prominent way the Bank featured what it called the "voices of the
poor." The perspectives of poor people informed both the Report's
descriptions of the challenges of poverty and the Report's proposed policy
responses. By incorporating the lives, language, and experiences of the
poor directly into the Report, the Bank participated in a larger trend in
changing how poverty is understood: from international aid and
development organizations to academics and journalists, portrayals of poor
people have taken center stage in the discussion of poverty and
"Getting to Know the Poor,"
Yale Human Rights and Development Journal: Vol. 14
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yhrdlj/vol14/iss2/3