The first volume in the Patterns of Potential Human Progress (PPHP) series takes a deep dive into a very serious issue facing the global community: poverty. Reducing Global Poverty looks at the character and the extent of poverty in the past, how it has evolved over time, and how it might develop over the next fifty years. Even though poverty reduction has been a dominant feature of international development work, many of these efforts fall short as they fail to see the issue of poverty in a broader, integrated context. In some cases, the immediate focus on achieving the UN's Millennium Development Goals by 2015 has overshadowed efforts to design and implement sustainable long-term strategies for poverty reduction and for other areas of human development.
This volume begins by examining the spatial and social nature of poverty in the early 21st century. Then, using the International Futures integrated forecasting system, the authors—knowing what they knew at the time of publication—explore the world's current path, investigating how the drivers of poverty worldwide might develop and function in the future. Finally, the authors use the IFs scenario analysis capabilities to forecast the outcomes of various interventions and combinations of interventions to determine the best way to accelerate poverty reduction over the long term.