Business, Management and Poverty Reduction: A Role for Slum Tourism?

Author(s): Peter W. OBrien

Citation: Peter W. OBrien, (2011) "Business, Management and Poverty Reduction: A Role for Slum Tourism?," Journal of Business Diversity, Vol.11, Iss. 1, pp. 33 - 46

Article Type: Research paper

Publisher: North American Business Press


This paper addresses the question of whether or not there could be a legitimate role in reducing extreme
poverty and hunger for the mass tourist activity known as slum tourism. It describes the origins of both
historical and contemporary slum tourism, and the views of critics and providers of the activity. Ethical
issues, double standards among critics and academics, and guidelines for fair and responsible slum
tourism are considered. The paper concludes that the activity should be considered as a viable way to
help achieve the United Nations’ first Millennium Development Goal of eradicating extreme poverty and