Poverty and poverty reduction are prominent topics of discussion at international development meetings. Despite the existence of both private and public initiatives to combat it, over 1 billion people still live in extreme poverty, about half of whom are in sub-Saharan African countries (MDG, 2015). Poverty Global Practice, a poverty policy monitoring and evaluation unit of the World Bank, indicates that, for countries in Africa, poverty continues to rise because anti-poverty policies fail to reduce poverty (PGP, 2016), a view shared by the literature on poverty reduction in Africa (Dagusta, 2007; McCloskey, 2015). It has been suggested that more comprehensive and coordinated methods could help anti-poverty programmes overcome some of the major challenges to alleviating global poverty (Ravallion, 2016). In line with this suggestion, the proposed research examines the potential of sustainable anti-poverty strategies through the triangulation of three research domains: multidimensional poverty, family functioning, and social justice theories. The contemplated research attempts to construct a new conceptual framework that better integrates theory with praxis to explain the impact of poverty and, thus, develop a sustainable model for anti-poverty policies for sub-Saharan African countries with particular focus on the family as complexities of poverty.
Dr. Muttaqha Darma is a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate in Operations Management. He holds a DBA from the University of Liverpool, UK and an MBA and B.Sc. in Engineering from Bayero University, Kano in Nigeria. He also holds a Master of Engineering Production from the University of Benin. He is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management. At present, Mr. Darma works as a professional consultant and tertiary education teacher.