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Partners Launch Good Life Goals to Encourage Personal SDG Action

The 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP) Sustainable Lifestyles and Education programme, along with the global change agency Futerra, the UN Environment Programme, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have launched the Good Life Goals, which outline personal actions

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In Kenya, free cash is the latest solution to poverty

Until recently, Molly struggled to imagine life beyond the end of each repetitive day: work in someone else's fields and earn enough to eat, rinse, repeat. "It was a vicious circle I could not escape," says the 25-year-old villager in the Bondo region of western Kenya. Her hardscrabble, rural existence is the same for many

The simple way that men can help close the wealth gap

The US is on a cusp of a major demographic shift. By 2060, there will be 13.9 million people over the age of 60 living in the country; the most dramatic increase in elderly adults will occur in people of color. And as of today, we don’t have enough people to care for them. “Care needs

Why Silicon Valley Income Inequality Is Just a Preview of What’s to Come for the Rest of the U.S.

Silicon Valley companies continue to pump out disruptive technology that's fueling regional and national economic growth. But according to a new report, they're also producing income inequality. A team of researchers at the Everett Program at UC Santa Cruz studied federal and regional income statistics and found that in Silicon Valley, wages are sliding backwards rather than following the rise

The Poverty Puzzle Poses Difficult Questions

Are we making progress on the global commitment to dramatically reduce the number of people living in poverty? Last month, the World Bank released its annual tracking report, titled “Piecing Together the Poverty Puzzle.” Whether or not progress is being made depends on how one views the data and what is meant by “poverty.” The Wall

Income Inequality’s Most Disturbing Side Effect: Homicide

Income inequality can cause all kinds of problems across the economic spectrum—but perhaps the most frightening is homicide. Inequality—the gap between a society's richest and poorest—predicts murder rates better than any other variable, according to Martin Daly, a professor emeritus of psychology at McMaster University in Ontario, who has studied this connection for decades. It

The global food system is broken and needs radical reform

The world’s food system is at a tipping point. For every one person suffering from malnutrition, there are two people overweight or obese. Food waste is becoming an increasing problem, and current agricultural practices are a leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. In 2015 the UN set out 17 sustainability goals designed to promote global

The Family Geography of the American Dream

The American Dream is in relatively good shape in some communities—like Seattle and Salt Lake—but in comparatively bad shape in other communities—like Atlanta and Baltimore. This means poor kids raised in cities like Seattle and Salt Lake City have a much better chance of moving up in the world, income-wise, than children raised in Atlanta and Baltimore.

Half the world lives in poverty on under $5.50 a day

Half the world's population lives on less than $5.50 a day despite significant progress in reducing extreme poverty, a new report from the World Bank said Wednesday.  The report found the number of poor worldwide was still "unacceptably high", with the fruits of economic growth "shared unevenly across regions and countries". Even though global growth

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Economic inequality could cause U.S. debt downgrade, Moody’s says

Economic inequality isn’t just an academic idea, as the recent wave of populist voting has made clear. But a new report suggests that worsening inequality in the U.S. could have financial repercussions for the country. That report, out in early October from the credit-ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service, is called “Government of the United States:

Investing in Healthcare: A Key to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

On the path to promoting the third of the 17 Sustainable Development Goal to be achieved by 2030, which the U.N. defines as “ensuring healthy lifestyles and promoting well-being for all at all ages,” the World Health Organization released a joint report along with the World Bank and Organization for Economic and Co-operative Development. The

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How we can use tech to help lift people out of poverty

"Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs." "The Tech Solutions to End Global Hunger." Depending on which headline you read, you can get a very different idea of how technology is going to affect our future. It's enough to make your head spin. Neither extreme scenario rings true based on historical evidence or

Could this be the start of the end of world poverty?

Three years ago the world lined up behind an ambitious set of targets – the sustainable development goals – for 2030. The checklist included the eradication of extreme poverty, ending preventable child deaths and delivering quality universal education. As part of the pledge, governments committed to achieving the most rapid progress among populations left furthest behind. To

To End Poverty, Increase Access to Energy

The goal of alleviating global poverty is not controversial. Poverty creates terrible human suffering and wasted human potential, and it’s urgent that we find solutions. Some solutions are obvious and widely popular, such as vaccines, free primary schooling and better nutrition. But we have also come to understand that energy is among the most important

As global poverty declines, we should beware the new class wars

Half the world is now middle class. So ran the headlines reporting a Brookings Institution analysis of global poverty, according to which 3.8 billion people can now be defined as “middle class” or “rich”. We have, Brookings suggested, reached a “global tipping point”. Economic development, in China and India in particular, has helped pull millions out of poverty,

Progress in fighting poverty in America has slowed despite recent economic recovery

Poverty might mean different things in different parts of the world and to different people, but it is largely defined as being unable to afford a minimum standard of living. The United States has come a long way in addressing the problem, but progress seems to have slowed despite the recent years of economic recovery.

The Power of Families: From Poverty to Agency to Unity

Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At this unprecedented time of injustice in the United States, what does “power” mean for low-income families? How can a national

How Rising Inequality Has Widened the Justice Gap

Rising inequality has harmed low-income families not only by depriving them of a fair share of society’s income growth, but also in a more specific way: It has stacked the legal system even more heavily against them. According to a recent survey, more than 70 percent of low-income American households had been involved in eviction cases, labor

Philadelphia’s Poor: Experiences From Below the Poverty Line

By many measures, Philadelphia is on an upswing, with a growing population, an influx of new investment, and rising household incomes. Yet at the same time, a significant share of the city’s residents are struggling. More than a quarter—about 400,000 people—live below the poverty line, which is about $19,700 a year for an adult with

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China’s Racing to the Top in Income Inequality

During China’s greatest period of economic growth, fed by widespread industrialization that lifted millions out of poverty, inequality has also increased — at the fastest pace and to the highest level in the world. It may get worse. China’s Gini coefficient, 1 a widely used measure of income dispersion across a population, has risen more steeply over the last decade than