Even in wealthy areas, poverty is hard to miss in Rio. On the outskirts of the city, shanty houses have sprung up in the middle of the highway. Plastic bags, old clothes, sheets and anything else that can be salvaged are tied to pillars that line the median strip. Houses are grouped close together, maybe to denote family groups, maybe...
Poverty is about power and politics. If you've never ended your own poverty, if you're not a part of the history and culture of those fighting poverty, if you don't pay taxes or vote in communities experiencing the poverty you're trying to eradicate, then you can only ever be a Sidekick - not a superhero!
Tom Jarman contends that mega-events like the Olympics fail to serve communities that need the investment, and instead mostly benefit the private sector and the country's elites.
Ingrid Nanne discusses the value of in-kind donations, and implores NGOs to think about how they can "do the most good possible".
The World Bank just changed the poverty line to $1.90 per day. But Andy Norman looks at what figures like this really mean, and how they might incentivise policymakers.