Poverty Stoplight

Social enterprise pioneer offers a green light out of poverty.

With multiple poverty-busting projects already behind him, Martín Burt’s latest invention, Poverty Stoplight, might just have the most impact of all.

How do you measure poverty? Ask Martín Burt, founder of deprivation-busting programme Poverty Stoplight. The model is now used in 27 countries around the world, using in-depth questionnaires and a traffic light system to help families pull themselves out of poverty. The Stoplight has been used by 120,000 households across the globe, and Burt is keen to note that it’s not about removing responsibility from governments or sidestepping structural issues – but giving those in poverty the agency they are so often stripped of.

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