In the United States, poverty assistance programs often focus on correcting a perceived lack of discipline among the poor—a mindset that drives today’s assistance programs to only offer help when participants meet standards of ‘good behavior’. Such programs may temporarily relieve acute financial stress but do little to end the root causes of persistent poverty.
At The Prosperity Agenda, we believe lasting economic security is possible when we use human-centered design to build financial wellness programs that put people in the driver’s seat. We understand that all people are capable of making their own best decisions, and we build solutions to poverty based on that understanding.
If we approach our solutions to poverty with the mindset that ‘poor people’ are incapable of making the ‘right’ decisions for themselves and others, then we miss the opportunity to achieve greater impact.
To create an enduring difference in the lives of those experiencing persistent poverty, we must challenge the dominant narratives that get in the way of effective solutions. Through insightful discussions, expert interviews, and shared research in the field, TPA’s podcast explores ways to change our mindsets and build better programs for families living in poverty.
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