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TENAI, Noah K.. Is poverty a matter of perspective? Significance of Amartya Sen for the church's response to poverty: A public practical theological reflection. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2016, vol.72, n.2, pp.1-10. ISSN 2072-8050.

Poverty continues to present an enormous challenge to the well-being of humanity. Different frameworks on poverty tend to identify different persons as poor, impacting on efforts to fight poverty. The church as a role player in the public domain needs a framework that can assist it in its task of working for salvation and liberation in the face of overwhelming poverty. A combined framework, from Amartya Sen's entitlement approach and capability approach, is amalgamated and suggested as an integrated framework that could act as a lens or a viewpoint from which the church could venture to conceptualise, quantify and respond to instances of poverty.

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