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Extreme Poverty

Beware the Global Consequences of Further Declines in the American Middle Class

David Paul | Posted 07.11.2013 | Politics
David Paul

If the world is to sustain the momentum of economic development that is essential to Jim Yong Kim's optimism, the companies and countries that have benefitted from expanding free trade have a collective stake in figuring out a path forward that stanches the downward spiral of the American middle class.

Why I Lived On $1.50 A Day Right Before My Wedding

Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Eleanor Goldberg

A month before my wedding, what will probably be the most self-indulgent event of my life, I decided to live in extreme poverty. This wasn't a gimmic...

Can We Really Eradicate Poverty? | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact

At a news conference during the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in late April, Jim Yong Kim held up a piece of p...

Of Caring and Triceratops, Commitment and Extinction

Brittany Aubin | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Brittany Aubin

The sun is shining at South by Southwest as I press an inked stamp of a tyrannosaurus rex onto a woman's forearm. I hand her a flyer and explain we believe in a world where extreme poverty, like dinosaurs, can be extinct.

World Bank Sets Ambitious Poverty Goal

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2013 | Business

* Kim unveils goal for cutting extreme poverty to 3 pct globally * Economic growth not enough to shrink poverty, inequality ...

Extreme Poverty: A Matter of Justice

Justine Lucas | Posted 05.28.2013 | Impact
Justine Lucas

At 29, I stand on that precipice of the big 3-0, taking stock of my life thus far, dreaming and scheming and doing a fair bit of self-analysis. But when I step back from this fortuitous deconstruction, I am left simply with one fact -- I am fortunate.

How We Can Truly Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Dr. King is not coming back. It's up to us to redeem the soul of America. He told us what to do. Let's do it.

Living on $2 a day

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 03.06.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Researchers at Harvard and the University of Michigan have found that 1.4 million American families live in extreme poverty About 2.8 million children are included in those families. "Extreme" is not a strong enough word for the kind of poverty we're talking about.

When It Costs More to Do Nothing

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Albina Du Boisrouvray

As our world leaders wrestle with how best to invest in the future, the outcome of each path are often unclear. When faced with a task whose consequences are seemingly unpredictable, wouldn't it be helpful to know beforehand the cost of inaction?

Families Struggle: Child Poverty Remains Epidemically High

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Citizens must demand that every political leader state what they will do now to invest in and protect vulnerable children from hunger, homelessness and poor education. It's way past time to eliminate epidemic child poverty and the child suffering, stress, homelessness and miseducation it spawns.

Tackling Extreme Rural Poverty in Northern Ghana

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 10.28.2012 | Impact
Jeffrey Sachs

Poverty reduction has entered a new era. Mobile phones and wireless broadband enable new models of business development and service delivery. New methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment are controlling ancient scourges such as malaria.

The State of America's Children 2012

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

When we look at the state of our union and the state of America's children in 2012, it's impossible to deny that our nation's economy, professed values of equal opportunity, future, and soul are all in danger right now.

Soccer: An Advocacy Tool for Malians with Disabilities

Caleb Dembélé | Posted 09.29.2012 | Impact
Caleb Dembélé

By capitalizing on the universal appeal and excitement that sports can bring, people with disabilities in Mali were able to transform themselves from dependent and voiceless individuals into advocates for themselves and their communities.

Perceptions of Poverty

Jeremy Everett | Posted 09.17.2012 | Impact
Jeremy Everett

Unfortunately, the norm I have witnessed in impoverished communities throughout the U.S. is that people are working very hard but are unable to get ahead.

The Power of Hope: Graduation Programs for the Extreme Poor Do More Than Directly Reduce Poverty

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 09.17.2012 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

In an important coordinated effort, ten pilots around the world are experimenting with a model initially developed by BRAC in Bangladesh that helps extremely poor families build assets and capabilities and ultimately "graduate" into sustainable livelihoods.

What Will Happen To The Poorest Of The Poor?

Caleb Dembélé | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
Caleb Dembélé

Only time will tell how the poorest of the poor will fare throughout this crisis. What we do know is that aid to this ultra-poor population is critical to their survival and that steps need to be taken to ensure that the poorest in these affected areas do not get overlooked.

Could You Survive Below The Poverty Line?

The Huffington Post | Anna Mazarakis | Posted 06.14.2012 | Impact

Your name is Divya Patel. You are a 26-year-old woman living in India with your four children. You are a bricklayer and you make $1.25 a day. In order...

Under $2 a Day in America, Part 1

Arloc Sherman | Posted 05.05.2012 | Money
Arloc Sherman

Living on less than $2 per person a day is one World Bank definition of poverty for developing nations. Unfortunately, this threshold is increasingly relevant to the United States.

Saki Knafo

Republican Lawmaker Claims There's No Extreme Poverty In North Carolina | Saki Knafo | Posted 03.02.2012 | Education

There's no such thing as extreme poverty in North Carolina. At least that's what Rep. George Cleveland, a Republican in the state assembly, claimed Th...

World Bank: Extreme Poverty Reduced By Half

Reuters | Posted 04.30.2012 | World

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON, Feb 29 (Reuters) - The World Bank said on Wednesday developing countries appear to have already met a ...

Peter S. Goodman

'No Hope': Extreme Poverty Leaves Millions In Desolation | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 01.02.2012 | Business

The number of Americans living in communities of extreme poverty -- neighborhoods in which at least 40 percent of the population is poor -- soared by ...

The New Evangelical Alliance Waiting To Happen

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Not that the evangelical old guard hasn't served others, but we are seeing a seismic shift in emphasis to one where it's all about translating belief into righteous action on behalf of others.

For Many the Government Is Already Shut Down

Billy Shore | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Billy Shore

Amidst all of the relief that a government shutdown was averted, it was almost forgotten that for millions of Americans, the government has been effectively shut down for so long it is not even news.

Taking Notice of India's Extreme Poverty

Dominique Browning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Dominique Browning

There is no way to be hardhearted about enormous poverty, yet it is equally impossible to be always heartbroken. We need, perhaps, soft hearts, hard eyes.

Making up for Lost Time: Getting Back on Track to the Millennium Development Goals

Hugh Bredenkamp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hugh Bredenkamp

With only five years to go until the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the poverty reduction agenda has been set back. All is not lost, however. Reducing poverty on a massive scale is doable.