Poverty has become a globalized phenomenon; it features on the agendas for action of governments, multilateral bodies and civil society organizations all over the world. From the human rights perspective, poverty constitutes a multiple violation of human beings' fundamental rights and above all a violation of the right to lead a decent life as is laid down in international human rights agreements.
A team of social scientists based at Social
Watch headquarters in Montevideo, tapped the latest information available
nationally and internationally and processed it with methodologies designed,
tested and scrutinized over ten years to produce the country by country
figures and global summaries included in this volume. These data were analyzed
and interpreted with the invaluable assistance of the international Social
Watch Coordinating Committee and the conclusions were found consistent
with what national Social Watch coalitions reported from their own countries.