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Business And The Mission To Really Make Poverty History

There are still around 783 million people around the world living in extreme poverty. That's the level of poverty where families have to survive on less than $2 per day, where healthcare is an unaffordable luxury, and simply scratching together enough food to survive is a daily challenge. It's the level of poverty where, should

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

The start of a new poverty narrative

Last September, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released its annual Goalkeeper’s report, highlighting the extraordinary progress made in reducing extreme poverty around the world, while also warning that sustaining this progress would not be easy. We now have the first actual data points that ring the alarm bells about a new, unfolding story on global poverty

UN expert calls US income inequality ‘a political choice’

A U.N.-supported human rights expert has blasted the yawning gap between rich and poor in the United States, insisting in a new report that the world's richest country "is now moving full steam ahead to make itself even more unequal." The United Nations' human rights office said Monday that Philip Alston, an independent expert commissioned

Poverty: American Style

In December last year, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, issued a statement on his 15-day fact-finding mission of some of the U.S.’s poorest neighborhoods.   Alston, the author of the quoted phrase in the excerpt, is an Australian who is a professor of law at New York University.  During his mission,

The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem

You might think that the kind of extreme poverty that would concern a global organization like the United Nations has long vanished in this country. Yet the special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, recently made and reported on an investigative tour of the United States. Surely no one in the United States today

Inequality gap widens as 42 people hold same wealth as 3.7bn poorest

The development charity Oxfam has called for action to tackle the growing gap between rich and poor as it launched a new report showing that 42 people hold as much wealth as the 3.7 billion who make up the poorest half of the world’s population. In a report published on Monday to coincide with the gathering of

Obsession with ending poverty is where development is going wrong

How can we alleviate extreme poverty? It’s the question that underpins the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs), and almost all development projects. Because poverty almost always shows itself as a lack of resources in poor communities – food, safe water, sanitation, education, healthcare – it’s reasonable to theorise that poverty is a resource problem. So,

End of Electricity Program Leaves Poor Texans in Cold Darkness

North Texas was freezing during a three-day stretch last month, but Mary Garcia refused to turn on the heat in her cramped apartment. She feared that doing so would too quickly drain her pay-as-you-go account with Penstar Power, a Dallas-based electricity provider. On Dec. 19, with just $15.31 in her account and the outside thermometer

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Commodity price falls mean poorest countries miss UN poverty goals

Hopes that half of the world’s 48 least developed nations could emerge from extreme poverty by the end of the decade have been dashed after a UN body reported the weakest year of growth in more than 20 years. The UN conference on trade and development (Unctad) said plunging commodity prices had hit the group

In 1990, more than 60% of people in East Asia were in extreme poverty. Now only 3.5% are.

Here's an amazing fact: The number of people in extreme poverty fell by 114 million from 2012 to 2013. That is a simply massive one-year decline, and it's not even the biggest drop in recent years. From 2010 to 2011, global poverty fell by 132 million people. From 2008 to 2013, the number fell by an

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