Essay on Relationship Between Poverty and Conflict

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“The world is over-armed and peace in under-funded” This phrase said by Ban-Ki Moon, security general of the United Nations emphasizes the interconnection between poverty and conflict. Though both terms can be used separately the two often interplay with one another when dealing with the issue of human security. In the current year, 2013 citizens in undeveloped and developing countries suffer from lack of human security which is essential in preventing poverty. According the United Nations there are seven areas of security a state must provide in order to protect their citizens from freedom of fear and want (Baylis, Smith & Owens, 2011). Unfortunately, though poverty takes lives everyday citizens that are living under the poverty line …show more content…
Poverty in the world is one of the obstacles which possess major controversy for the fact that war conflict makes it increasingly dangerous to intervene. The conflict analysis frame provides six areas which conflict are most likely to take place, these areas include: social and ethnic relations, government and political institutions, human rights and security, economic structure and development, environment and natural resources and external factors (Ganepola & Thalayasingam, 2004). Though these factors are listed individually most of them cross relate with one another in the cases of Nepal and Sri Lanka.
War related conflict often occurs within states that are in poverty. This means that countries that are more prone to poverty are also more prone to conflict. Nepal is a preliminary example of how war is more likely to occur within poorer states for the reason it is one of the poorest countries in the world. In 2011 Nepal was rated 142nd on the human development index out of 179 countries (Panday, 2011). The war in Nepal began in 1996 and was named the “people’s war” which began with a group called Maoists (Lakshmi, 2010). The Maoists rebelled against the government in hopes of changing the constitution in order to install a better democracy. The Maoists managed to establish their support from other groups who felt oppressed as well (Lakshmi, 2010). In this example conflict was

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