Learn with Lena: Book Tips from Our Librarian on Poverty

Every month, our experienced librarian Lena Olsson handpicks a number of interesting books on current human rights topics. On April 14 we  hosted a webinar on Poverty, Human Rights and the SDGs: How to Address the Post-Pandemic Poverty Crisis. Lena gives a few tips on readings on Poverty. 

Did you miss it? No worries. Check out the video or listen to the webcast. You will also find the panelists individual speaches (videos) 
Again, Lena Olsson went into the Raoul Wallenberg Institute Library. She found a few interesting books on the topic. Among these, we are proud to annonce our newly arrived book; Poverty and Human Rights  – A Handbook which is among the ones that Lena suggests below:

Lena: “The books I recommend give the reads of all aspects of poverty. They are trying to explain the causes of poverty, from the heritage of poor families, child labor, or taxation law to the political struggle to reduce world poverty.”


Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty

Edited by Martha Davis, Morten Kjaerum, and Amanda Lyons

‘In the 35 chapters of the book, well-known academics are exploring the relationship between poverty and human rights. All kinds of aspects are shed to light: asylum, immigration, indigenous people, rights to health, labour law.


Law and poverty: The legal system and poverty reduction 

Edited by Lucy Williams, Asbjørn Kjønstad and Peter Robson

‘Much of the world is living in abject poverty and many individuals who are not living in poverty do not seem to care’.

This contribution is breaking new ground in the political struggle to reduce world poverty.


Poverty of Rights – Human Rights and the Eradication of Poverty

In the chapter ‘The poverty is not destinythe author states that poverty is not a fatality nor an accident.







Power, rights, and poverty: concepts and connections

Edited by Ruth Alsop  

Prepared by leading thinkers on the topics of power and rights these materials offer both development professionals and students of development studies succinct summaries of the relationship between theory and practice’.

World poverty and human rights: Cosmopolitan responsibilities and reforms 

Pogge, Thomas Winfried Menko

Progge writes: ‘Human rights would be fully realized, if all human beings had secure access to the objects of these rights. Our world is today very far from this ideal. Piecing together the current global record, we find that most of the current massive underfulfillment of human rights is more or less directly connected to poverty. The connection is direct in the case of basic social and economic human rights, such as the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of oneself and one’s family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care. The connection is more indirect in the case of civil and political human rights associated with democratic government and the rule of law


The Raoul Wallenberg Library for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law was founded in 1984 in Lund, Sweden, and offers one of Europe’s largest and most accessible collections for literature on human rights and humanitarian law. It is the only library of its kind in Sweden.

The library has become base of human rights in Lund, and is an important resource for people around the world who study and work for human rights.

The RWI library:

  • Offers over 30 000 titles in several languages
  • Provides resources, subscriptions and access to specialist databases
  • Is staffed with experienced and specialised librarians, with great networks
  • Is an important place of meeting and connecting for those that study and work with human rights and humanitarian law
  • Works in close collaboration with the faculty of law at Lund university
  • Is open to everyone and accessible to libraries all over the world
  • Supports and develops libraries around the world

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