Global poverty is the lack of basic human needs which are necessary for human survival. The most basic needs include clothing, food and shelter. And though some may be acquiring these in a small or satisfying amount, they may still be considered to be under the category of globally poor in case they don’t have access to clean water, proper nutrition, education and health care. Global poverty cannot be considered as a moral issue but as a result from corruption and poor government policies that only favor the minority rich thus neglecting the majority who are poor.
There are some truly hurting facts about how global poverty is affecting people. Nearly half of the world’s population that is about three billion people live on less than 2.5 dollars a day while 1.3 billion people live in dire poverty spending less than 1.25 dollars a day. Similarly it is a sad fact that also more than 22000 thousand children die daily due to poverty. To add onto that more than one billion people lack access to clean drinking water, over 870 million people do not have enough food to eat, over 165 million children have reduced development due to lack of proper nutrition and worst of all is that hunger is the leading cause of death in the world; amazingly it kills more people than the deaths of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined!
It is surprising that we only need about 30 billion to curb hunger in the world; which has proved to be an enormous amount to raise, but it is very easy for our government to raise over 530 billion per year to cater for the militaries budget. However, thanks to some humanitarian and non government organization, their efforts to help curb poverty and its related effects cannot go unnoticed. However their efforts alone cannot eradicate this menace; government support and its economic strategies and interests should be mostly aimed in putting an end to poverty.
Similarly, volunteers are majorly required in assisting these unfortunate brothers and sisters of our nation. For the developed countries, aid to the under developed countries would be of major assistance in eradicating the suffering and reduction in amount of deaths caused by poverty. Personal aid is also encouraged where possible in endorsing these anti-poverty measures at the basic levels.
Another major element that would reduce poverty is promoting equality. Economic measures might be administered but without equality it will never be possible for the eradication of poverty to take place. We need to combat poverty from the basic levels so as to achieve total eradication globally.
Similarly with the help of corporations around the world, we can improve resources at all humanity levels. Starting with peace, we will achieve an enabling working environment in which one can earn a living to support his or her family. Similarly these corporations and businesses will also offer job opportunities to the affected persons which will provide extra cash to cater for their needs. Another way in which they can help eradicate poverty is by reducing costs of their products to ensure that they reach those who could not previously afford them.
- How did the global poverty rate halve in 20 years? (economist.com)