Sharing the well: towards sustained eradication of extreme poverty in Bangladesh

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This chapter uses two metaphors to explore the moral and practical dimensions of extreme poverty eradication. The first metaphor, ‘Leaving no-one behind’, currently dominates policy discussions and broadly sees the eradication of extreme poverty as the consequence of economic growth and prosperity. In contrast the chapter outlines an alternative approach, captured in the ‘sharing the well’ metaphor, which focuses much more on redistribution and rights. The chapter argues that although both approaches are laudable, their differences are important. Crucially, the ‘Sharing the well’ approach, although politically challenging, has roots in values shared by the people of Bangladesh. This arguments helps contextualize the different chapters of the book.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtreme Poverty, Growth and Inequality in Bangladesh
EditorsJoe Devine, Geof Wood, Zulfiqar Ali, Shamsul Alam
PublisherPractical Action Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781853399466
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2017


  • extreme poverty, redistribution, political settlement, sharing the well, leaving no-one behind


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