Relationship Between Poverty And Conflict

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Conflict is defined as a relationship between two or more parties (individuals or groups) who have, or think they have, incompatible goals. It is an expressed struggle between at least two interdependent parties who perceive incompatible goals, scarce resources and interference from the other party in achieving their goals (Adjapawn, 2014). Conflict, it seems, is always with us, like poverty. Conflict is bad, it is worse in poor countries and it makes them poorer.
Poverty according to World Bank Report is: “Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to read. Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time. Poverty has many faces, changing from place to place and across time, and has been described in many ways. Most often, poverty is a situation people want to escape. So poverty is a call to action -- for the poor and the wealthy alike -- a call to change the world so that many more may have enough to eat, adequate shelter, access to education and health, protection from violence, and a voice in what happens in their communities.”
This assignment looks at the interrelationship between conflict and poverty or vice versa. That is whether conflicts lead to poverty or poverty causes conflicts.
No one needs to be persuaded now about the existence of a positive relationship between poverty and conflict, as captured in this mantra

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