Around 689 million people in the world live in extreme poverty. The facts may alarm us but even more disturbing is the reality that poverty has multiple dimensions. Shortage of food and shelter attacks a person in unknown ways and the effect is seen in their current & coming generations. While poverty alleviation policies and sustainable development goals are doing their part, there is much more that remains unknown in this domain. Why is it difficult to eradicate poverty despite the welfare programs that Governments offer to their poor citizens? Are developed and wealthiest countries like the US and China out of the poverty trap? How does poverty ensnare people in its vicious circle? Is there a way to break out? Explore these important conundrums in this module.