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Antwerpen: Yearbook on Poverty influences policy

Poverty continues to be a problem in our society, as the analyses of Antwerp researchers reveal year after year. For over 25 years, they have published the Yearbook on Poverty, which influences the agenda of policy-makers.

The University of Antwerp has plenty of in-house expertise on poverty, in all of its aspects. One of the figureheads of its research is the Yearbook on Poverty, which the OASeS research group (Cenrte on Inequalities, Poverty, Social Exclusion and the City) has published since 1991 every December.

“The book is part of a bigger project”, Professor Peter Raeymaeckers explains. “We monitor, analyse and evaluate poverty and social exclusion in Flanders, Belgium and Europe. This gives us a better idea of the most important indicators as well as new insights into this issue and helps us evaluate policies to combat poverty and anti-poverty strategies.”

Every year, the publication of the yearbook garners a lot of media attention. Raeymaeckers: “But that’s not all. We organise an important conference a few days after the press conference, which is attended by a diverse audience of policy-makers, MPs, aid organisations, people who live in poverty and their associations, students and other interested parties. As a result, our publication influences the social debate and policy.”

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