Despite his experiences of skepticism and false promises over the past 15 years, Sachs still believes that the world can put an end to extreme poverty. Echoing one of his earlier speeches, the reality is "either you decide to leave people to die or you decide to do something about it."
Now 31, Hugh has been passionate about eradicating extreme poverty in the world's poorest nations. "I really believe that if people are informed about issues of global poverty, they'll respond," Hugh says in this One On One interview. His goal is to build a movement to end extreme poverty and curate large scale campaigns at tipping point moments that can influence world leaders to do things that they otherwise might not be inclined to do. "I am entirely convinced that a well organized group of hundreds of thousands of young people around the world can change the world for ever," Hugh says. "I believe if we work together and are committed for the long haul we are going to see the end of extreme poverty in our life time."
After constantly telling everyone my number one tip for this challenge was to plan, I, of course, woke up to day one of my challenge with no forward planning or food and a busy morning ahead. By 4 p.m. I had only consumed water and was feeling very weary.
You might not believe it, but extreme poverty is in retreat. If the world can avoid becoming complacent and keep momentum on the side of the poor, there's a real opportunity to end extreme poverty within a generation -- this generation.
We're not inclined to upload photos of artisan sandwiches to Instagram, but this week we're going all out for good reason. Except there'll be no pictures of arugula or baguettes in sight. We've taken on the Global Poverty Project's Live Below the Line challenge to spend $1.50 a day on food and drink for five days.
All around the world, and in the countries and provinces and neighborhoods held captive by some of the most entrenched and toughest to battle poverty, women and men turn to business to feed their families.
Euphemia holds her daughter, Medo, who was born HIV-negative, because she took special precautions to protect the child. Soon after Euphemia married, she discovered something her husband hadn't told her.
In most Muslim communities on Mindanao Island, women generally have 10 or more children. Unfortunately some babies, and even mothers themselves, die before or after the delivery due to various complications.
A beautiful little first-grade Rwandan girl named Divine read to us, and we all melted. Her warmth and genuineness, her joy in sharing her reading skills and in showing us how she could write her name on the blackboard made us smile and think about her wonderful gifts.
He asked me that day how involved I wanted to be, and I trusted these three men implicitly and instantly dove in fully to support this dream of creating a nonprofit music festival in Central Park.
We can continue the fight for justice by using our voices, whether it be through a march in Cambodia or through the megaphone of social media.
Children have an incredible capacity to care, to give and to empathize from a very young age. It has nothing to do with pity. An instinct for justice comes naturally to a young child, who is free from skepticism, prejudice and doubt.
Somali-born hip-hop artist K'naan fled with his family from Mogadishu when he was 13 years old. The country at the time was experiencing a civil war that has left the country in a state in instability. His music has a series of influences that range from Nina Simone to Bob Marley to Bob Dylan.
Fighting poverty in Detroit and across the country requires not just protecting existing programs that work, but also doing more to promote opportunities for the children and adults whose voices are not heard on the convention floors.
Have you ever thought about what is being done about poverty? Both domestically and globally? Or wanted to help, but didn't know where to start? Me too. I can only suggest starting locally.
Extremely large numbers are often difficult to comprehend. We constantly talk big figures--100,000 attend a rally, 1 billion watch the Olympics on tel...