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Abeer, in addition to what you say, poverty can be a life-style. This is the case when somebody grows up in poverty, because poverty, lack of means, force you to arrange your life around the minimum you own. You adapt certain behaviour and attitudes that are difficult to change when you receive material support. Therefore, people who live in a slum may get proper dwelling from the government, a flat in an apartment building; but they may rent it out and move back to the slum. Something similar is happening in the coastal area of Kenya: The government distributed thousands of title deeds for land. And those who were complaining before that they were landless and squatters are now selling the land they have received. Another example is the (partial) failure of micro credits: A part of the receivers of the credit used it for consumption and not for investment; and then repayment was not possible. I do not maintain that this is the full picture of poverty, but it is one aspect that has to be taken in consideration when we (or the development industry) talk of 'poverty eradication'. In other words, it has to go hand in hand with a socialization process, with 'education' in a wider sense. Are IMF, World Bank, etc. able to take in consideration aspects like this one?