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Dealing with global challenges

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on 18 November 2013

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Dealing with global challenges:

Fundamentally, poverty is the inability of getting choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity. It means lack of basic capacity to participate effectively in society. It means not having enough to feed and clothe a family, not having a school or clinic to go to, not having the land on which to grow one’s food or a job to earn one’s living, not having access to credit. It means insecurity, powerlessness and exclusion of individuals, households and communities. It means susceptibility to violence, and it often implies living in marginal or fragile environments, without access to clean water or sanitation
Poverty is pronounced deprivation in well-being, and comprises many dimensions. It includes low incomes and the inability to acquire the basic goods and services
necessary for survival with dignity
. Poverty also encompasses low levels of health and education, poor access to clean water and sanitation, inadequate physical security, lack of voice, and insufficient capacity and
opportunity to better one’s life
“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”

Mother Theresa
Absolute and Relative

Absolute Poverty

Poverty in relation to the amount of money to meet basic needs
Relative Poverty
Inadequate lack of income when compared yo the average standards living
Relative: cultural environment
Absolute: services
Why is it a global challenge ?
Map of World Poverty by country
1,2 Billion people in extreme poverty

24% are at risk
Major causes of poverty
1. IMF (=International Monetary Fund) and the World bank
• Poor countries dept repayment
• Require to reduce spending on health, education and development
• Dept repayment and economic policies = priority

2. IMF preconditions to receive money
• Pour countries must export more
• Price war on global market
• Resources become even cheaper
• Governments need to increase exports

Acute Causes
• Warefare => drop of average income
• Agriculture cycles => periods of scarcity
• Natural disasters
• Droughts and flooding

• Leaders are not accountable to those they serve
• Leaders help themselves to money
• Providing service to their followers

“To seek "causes" of poverty in this way is to enter an intellectual dead end because poverty has no causes. Only prosperity has causes.”
― Jane Jacobs (writer)

Effects of poverty
Solutions for poverty
Child poverty
Children more at risk
One child in four
Determinants of child poverty
Large families
Labour market of parents
in-work poverty
Are poor children tomorrow's
poor parents?
Key determinant: educational level parents
Current income situation
Future situation
Stimulation environment influences development
define limits/capabilities
Generational cycle of poverty
Social work

• different genders, races, ethnic groups, and social classes
• placing individuals in different social categories at birth

• Geographically concentrated
• Specific areas
• Uneducated adults and kids
• Unemployment
• Chronic poverty
• 2 choices:
- take part in crime
- legal way out

Social poverty
• Vicious cycles
• Child labor
• Lack of hygiene
• Alcohol and abuse
• …

• Mental and physical
• Poor live shorter
• Easy spread of diseases
• Stress
• Low self esteem

• Mental health
• Behavior

Employment programs and training
Funding poverty fighting
Transparency in government
Canceling the repay of world debts
Prioritizing human rights programs
Taxing the rich more and the poor less
Building self- sufficient economies
Involvement of the media

Self-strength - control - self-power - fight for right - independence - own decision making - being free - capability - ...

"The process of enhancing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes."

Assets & capabilities
Remove barriers
Agents of economic growth

Example: Nepal - The story of Purnina
PLC: Participatory Learning Centres
Issues like health, education, forestry, income, rigths + action
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