Poverty conversation questions

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  • How would you define poverty? What do you think causes it?
  • Is poverty relative? Would people who are considered poor in one society be considered rich in another?
  • Do you think it's possible to eradicate poverty in the world? In your country?
  • Would it be mathematically possible to ensure that nobody earns less than the average wage?
  • Which of the following factors do you think are most effective in the fight against poverty? Why/why not?
    • Debt relief
    • Development aid
    • Economic growth
    • Empowering women
    • Fair trade
    • Good governance
    • Import substitution and export industries
    • Land redistribution
    • Microloans
  • Do you think that it is a government's responsibility to provide welfare assistance or should it be the responsibility of charities? Why?
  • It is often said that the rich are growing richer, and the poor are growing poorer. Do you agree? If so, why is it happening?
  • Do you think that globally eliminating poverty could be possible? Is there enough money in the world?

Child labour

  • At what age do you think people should start working?
  • If you have children, at what age would you accept that they could go to work? If they want to? If they don't want to?
  • Can you think of any jobs that are more suitable for young people?
  • Are there any jobs that you think children should not do?
  • How common do you think child labour is?
  • Do you know of any cases, i.e. countries/companies that use child labour?
  • Do you think that globally eliminating child labour is possible? Why/why not?


  • Do you think homelessness is a big problem?
  • Are there many homeless people in your country?
  • Does the government help them in any way? Do you think the government should help them?
  • Under what circumstances should the government help people?
  • How do you feel when you see people who live on the street?
  • Do you think that people who live on the street are to blame for their situation?
  • Have you ever had a conversation with a homeless person? What did they tell you? What would you expect them to tell you?
  • Should the government/local authorities provide free housing for homeless people?
  • How would your life change if you lost your home?
  • How would you spend your time if you became homeless?