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Alhassan, Ali

Alhassan, Ali

Scholars-at-Risk Fellow

Impact of Conflict on Poverty in Syria and Economic Policies for Poverty Reduction

Research Question

This study has three major objectives: (A) To measure the depth of poverty and pattern of inequality in the distribution of income in Syria based on most up to date household level information. (B) To provide a thorough comparison of successes and failures of poverty reduction strategies in post conflict countries. (C) To find a mechanism that can help alleviate poverty in the postconflict period using effective humanitarian aid.

Project Description

Poverty is a big problem in the whole world, because thousands of people die each year due to this big issue. Poverty is a ruthless and relentless enemy with an arsenal of weapons: infant mortality, hunger, disease, illiteracy and child labour, among other things. The list of obstacles the poor most overcome seems endless. These poverty facts highlight the devastating effect poverty has on its victims, especially the most vulnerable.

In many countries poverty is caused by conflicts. One of these countries is Syria, which is suffering from civil war since 6 years. The number of Syrians living below the poverty line has almost tripled after six years of conflict. Around 83.4 percent of Syrians live below the poverty line compared with 28 percent in 2010 (according to a report the report of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, ESCWA).

In this research I will study how poverty effected on the life of Syrians, what the government could do to reduce it in post conflict period using some successful experiences of post conflict countries.


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