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Extreme Poverty

Urbanization and the Good News About World Poverty

Wendell Cox | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Wendell Cox

Over the past two centuries, standards of living have risen strongly and poverty has been reduced, especially in the more developed world. Cities are much of the difference, as they have attracted rural residents to the jobs made possible by technological advancements.

Can Post-Ebola West Africa Go the Way of South Asia, From Aid to Enterprise?

Susan Davis | Posted 11.07.2014 | Impact
Susan Davis

The 10-year anniversary of the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami will find the world in a sobering situation. Conflicts in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere continue without apparent end, while the World Health Organization calls the Ebola outbreak in three West African countries "the most severe acute public health emergency seen in modern times."

The Real Monsters

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Ending child poverty in the world's largest economy should be a no-brainer. Children cannot afford the burden of poverty. And our nation cannot afford the costly economic and moral burden of child poverty.

Catalytic Development Assistance in Fragile States

Erik Solheim | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Erik Solheim

More and better development assistance is needed for the least developed and fragile states. More development assistance should go to the countries most in need.

Clean Potable Water a Human Right, Even in Detroit

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When children and adults are deprived of the basics to sustain life, their health suffers, which greatly impacts their educational and overall life opportunities. On issues of poverty and for the sake of humanity, we all must work on the same side.

The High Moral and Economic Cost of Child Poverty in America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a moral disgrace that child poverty in the U.S. is higher than adult poverty, higher than for children in almost all other competitor nations, and higher than our country with the world's largest economy should ever allow.

African Women Entrepreneurs Leading the Way in Fueling Africa's Economic Growth

Barry Segal | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by Dianne Calvi, CEO of Village Enterprise, a partner of Segal Family Foundation. African women entrepreneurs are a dynamic for...

Innovating Impact: Two Social Entrepreneurs Tackle Critical Issues at Home and Abroad

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Overwhelmingly, these talented fellows represent a growing commitment to fighting social issues like poverty, terrorism, infrastructural collapse, and beyond -- through straightforward, effective means. I was lucky to learn from two of them, and share their stories here.

Here's Why We Definitely Approve Of This Bill Gates, John Green Bromance

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact

If there ever were a selfie to feel excited about, it's this one of Bill Gates and John Green. The author behind "The Fault In Our Stars" -- which...

Five Myths About India's Poverty

Richard Dobbs | Posted 08.02.2014 | World
Richard Dobbs

A new benchmark called the Empowerment Line, developed by the McKinsey Global Institute, aims to create a new and more holistic policy framework for poverty reduction. It calculates the cost for an Indian household to attain the basics and then compares these benchmarks to actual consumption data to measure needs that are going unmet. The results debunk a number of misconceptions about the nature of poverty in India.

The World's 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It

Nick Pearson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Nick Pearson

The vast majority of these deaths are preventable and result from extreme poverty conditions in the world's poorest countries.

The World's Poorest People Live In These 5 Countries

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact

Two-thirds of the world’s poorest people live in just five countries, according to a new World Bank study. Poverty is on the decline globally and...

Don't Wait Until Graduation to Make Your Impact on Extreme Poverty

Nourish International | Posted 05.27.2014 | College
Nourish International

Our mission is to engage students and empower communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty.

A Shared Experience -- Could You Live On $1.50 a Day?

Justine Lucas | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
Justine Lucas

Imagine having to choose between a .30 cent vaccine and a bowl of rice. What would you do: eat, or save your child? That may sound extreme, but it's a reality.

When Given the Opportunity, Extreme Poor Take Destiny Into Their Own Hands

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

According to the International Labor Organization, only 20 percent of the world's population has adequate social security coverage such as a pension or health insurance and more than half lack any coverage at all.

A Wish List of 10 Global Good Headlines for 2014

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

I present you with a wish list of global good headlines. The list, in no particular order, is a starting point for a dialogue and by no means complete.

Top 5 Lame Excuses Not to Support Extreme-Poverty Alleviation Work

Nick Pearson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Nick Pearson

'International aid doesn't work.' Um, yes it does. The Gates' letter is one simple frame of reference for this point. Humanitarian aid is not a perfect science, but we're talking about work done within contexts that are very broken.

Good News: Vaccines Are Conquering The World

Bill Gates | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Bill Gates

Extreme poverty has dropped by half since 1990. In that same time, the number of children who die each year has plummeted more than 40 percent.

Targeting the Ultra-Poor: A Conversation About Ending Extreme Poverty

BRAC | Posted 12.25.2013 | Impact
BRAC

The ultra-poor are global development's last mile -- the last remaining households that have yet to reap any benefits from widespread economic growth, or from existing development interventions like microfinance, community health workers or community-based schools.

The ONE Partnership You Need to Know About

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 12.24.2013 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

What do you get when you combine the active voices of 3.5 million people who want to change the world with nearly 70 years of experience in on-the-ground programs that have helped lift 20.7 million families out of hunger and poverty?

Should We Stop Calling $1.25 A Day Extreme Poverty?

blogs.worldbank.org | Posted 10.10.2013 | Impact

Imagine reading a paragraph like this somewhere in a magazine, a newspaper or a blog: “In recent years several African countries have made strong...

World Bank Moves Up Deadline For Ending Extreme Poverty By 10 Years

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

By Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said on Wednesday the global develo...

Ancient Diseases Are Finally On Their Way Out

www.nytimes.com | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact

IMAGINE having to pick just one of your children to save, while leaving the others to face death. On the Ground. One of my most searing experience...

The End of Poverty, Soon

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

Today, more and more people are dreaming of a world free of poverty. Are these errant dreams as the world barrels toward more confusion, conflict and climate change, or is there something substantial in the recent wave of high-level interest in the idea?

The Poor: An Endangered Species?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

More than a billion have been lifted out of poverty in the past twenty years; by 2030, the total number of poor people will be down to 200 million, with virtually none in China.