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Abeer, my thesis is that - at least in Africa - poverty has also to be seen as a social status; i.e. money alone cannot eradicate it. I speak of "master/servant societies". There, poverty is an expression of suppressing a certain group of people, using them as servants. Before, it was the slaves. The question is whether the attitude towards those poor people has changed, whether in principle it is the same attitude like the one towards the slaves. Thus, "poverty eradication" (a slogan of the development industry) needs the change of the attitude. Then, also money etc. can help. (See "End of Arrogance")