The Ethics of Global Poverty offers a thorough introduction to the ethical issues surrounding global poverty. It addresses important questions such as:

  • What is poverty and how is it measured?
  • What are the causes of poverty?
  • Do wealthy individuals have a moral duty to reduce global poverty?
  • Should aid go to those who are most in need, or to those who are easiest to help?
  • Is it morally wrong to buy from sweatshops?
  • Is it morally good to provide micro-finance?

Featuring case studies throughout, this textbook is essential reading for students studying global ethics or global poverty who want an understanding of the moral issues that arise from vast inequalities of wealth and power in a highly interconnected world.

chapter 1|6 pages


part |2 pages

Part I Understanding Poverty

chapter |2 pages

Suggested Reading

chapter 2|12 pages

What Is Poverty?

chapter 3|14 pages

The Causes of Poverty

chapter 4|12 pages

The Study of Poverty

chapter 5|10 pages

Duties of Humanity

chapter 6|10 pages

Duties of Justice

chapter 7|10 pages

Associative Duties

chapter 8|10 pages

Denying Duties to the Most Deprived

part |1 pages

Part III Foreign Aid and Its Critics

chapter |1 pages


chapter 9|15 pages

Aid, Critics, and Innovators

chapter 10|11 pages

Aid Allocation

chapter |2 pages

Part IV Global Institutional Reform

chapter 11|11 pages


chapter 12|12 pages

Humanitarian Intervention

chapter 13|11 pages

International Trade

chapter |2 pages

Part V Practical Issues

chapter 14|9 pages


chapter 15|15 pages


chapter 16|12 pages