Like the problem of evil and suffering we can divide the causes of world poverty into two different types:
- Those caused by nature, and
- Those caused by man
It is interesting to compare countries with similar natural conditions to see how differently the people within those countries deal with them and for this reason the AQA textbook for the course deals with Saudi Arabia and Sudan; both Middle Eastern countries that effectively border each other (separated by the Red Sea).
We might follow the textbook and divide the causes of world poverty into the following: