Poverty – Causes? Solutions?

Poverty – What are the causes?  What are the solutions?

Presenter: John Pope

February, 2015

Poverty is a condition in which people lack what they need to live; but the limits of “need to live” are debatable.  There are many statistical measurements, and sociological factors of poverty to take into consideration. 

Poverty around the world is increasing.  Wars, climate change, overpopulation, lack of medical facilities, political oppression, capitalism and many other factors are blamed.

Did you know? About one billion people, one-sixth of the world’s population, live on less than $1 per day.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 15 of every 100 children die before the age of five. In western Kenya, fertilizer costs more than twice what it costs in France or the U.S. Ethiopia is so deforested that rural households cannot use manure as fertilizer because they need it as cooking fuel.

The rich countries have repeatedly promised to give $210 billion (0.7% of their incomes) in official development assistance, but only give $69 billion.

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Manitoba one of worst places for First Nations to live

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Half of First Nations children live in poverty

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