Just like it would be preposterous to ascribe all instances of poverty across the world to a single cause, there is a component of absurdity in considering all poverty as the same. Poverty, what causes it and how it is experienced is something specific to each person living below the poverty line. This makes the issue a spectrum that must be treated, if not as such, as a scale in order to understand it. Therefore ⎯and much akin to how the established causes of poverty are merely a study of significant global trends⎯ the existing six types of poverty serve as blanket statements for certain groups of poor people. This classification is based on how the people in these groups got to poverty, where they live and how they experience the issue.

ABSOLUTE AND RELATIVE POVERTY

All other types of poverty can be reduced to these two:



TYPES OF POVERTY BASED ON DURATION

TYPES OF POVERTY BASED ON LOCATION