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Realistic Possible Soultions for Poverty
Aug 3, 2006

My intention for this thread is as a second-part to the thread started by Taha about "Who causes poverty". There are many different causes that create poverty but what are some realistic possible solutions to try and remedy poverty?

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Re: Realistic Possible Soultions for Poverty
Aug 3, 2006

there are two senerios - poor countries that have a great deal of natural rescourses and also a great deal of poverty -


in these cases the problems are with the local governments who do not distribute the wealth gained by these rescources - oil, gold, diamonds, natural gas and the like -

Many countries in the Middle-east and Africa suffer from this problem - and Venezuela - for all his talk Chavez has not helped the poor - he would rather spend the money buying arms and supporting political candidates in other countries.


The systems in these coutnries need to be set up to invest thier wealth into other forms of inustry so as to provide employment and infrastructure.


another form of poverty caused by national governments are those whose policies put them at odds with the world - or the form of government/economy itself is to blame.

Communism has bankrupted alot of countries and North Korea is an example of both isolation and poor internal economic policy.


Some countries have no natural rescources like Afghanistan and certain African countries - they need more education so they can create intellectual property and develop human rescources.

in some of these cases - AIDS is making the development of human rescources basically impossible so first AIDS must be brought under control


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Re: Realistic Possible Soultions for Poverty
Aug 4, 2006

We often see alarming statistic about poverty but does it affect us to really do something to alleviate poverty. Does knowing that around 30,000 people in the world die everyday because they are too poor to stay alive concerns us? Poverty is indeed by far the greatest weapon of mass destruction. What causes poverty are multi-faceted and it therefore requires different approaches. Even in the richest country there is poverty. Political and economic reforms are needed to aid growth to developing countries and lessen their dependence on outside assistance. This being said, poverty still thrives uncontrollably. Maybe solving this problem should start within ourselves. Government cannot force citizen to go to school or have children only until marriage. Already a lot of studies about ending poverty are laid out to us but never seemed to materialized. As Gandhi said "Be the change you want to see in this world". Ending poverty should start within us.


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Re: Realistic Possible Soultions for Poverty
Aug 4, 2006

Our leaders are selfish, arrogant and mean.Africa has many resources that could keep a country going with very little help, but what those given power do is misuse the little resources we have.Kenya for example, with so many cases of corruption and commisions being formed everday to ''inquire'' about some issues is just ''great''.The people who sit in those commissions get heafty payments, out of the tax we pay.Its just pathetic.Mis allocation of funds is another issue.The rich and the poor gap is so great you can fall off when trying to look down.
I think Africa need better leaders,or maybe our leaders should be taken to some economic schools, that way resources can be distributed fairly amongst all citizens and tax payers money can be put to better use.

Policies should be put and implemented. Corrupt leader should be interdicted by the international community.So many things have to be done before we even move any step away from poverty. Corruption is what kills almost every nation especially the third world...mad


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Re: Realistic Possible Soultions for Poverty
Aug 4, 2006

In addition to a local government's responsibility of solving poverty, I think we may also consider the international community. Poverty as it exists now is a reality of a global economy. Developing nations face many obstacles far greater than the mismanagment or corruption of their own governments; they must accomodate pressures that are applied from outside national borders. Often developing nations don't have nearly enough political leverage to negotiate developed nations into restructuring tariffs, subsidies to local industries etc. in order to facilitate "fair trade".

As for realistic solutions, perhaps we can look at nations w/the lowest rates of poverty and figure out what they're doing differently and how their historical context has helped facilitate their relative wealth.

This post was edited on: 2006-08-04 at 09:51 AM by: esum


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Aug 7, 2006

was thinking about some solutions to fight poverty in India. Do these apply ot other countries?

1. ensuring sustainable livelihoods. beacuse most of people in india are still in seasonal/daily wage/unorganised kind of work.

2. fight corruption- because that prevents the benefits from reaching the most poor.

3. spendin more money from budget on ensuring that health facilities are accessible to all- because many people still don't have acess to it in India and much of the money goes into that.

4. equal respect and equal opportunities to women in India- because they form major part of unorganised workforce and yet are spine of all the work that happens. they struggle to fulfill the needs of family even when husband is not contributing due to various factors.

5. men collaborate to change the patriachial and hiearchial system in India- this violates rights of women. when men are the only protectors, they can easity turn into violators as well. when the forces of men and women combine in collaborative and non abusive power, probably poverty can be fought and development can be achieved.

6. minimize the risks in India- like the debt traps that farmers and other people fall into. like human trafficking which uses that poverty and further exploits people. like exploitative caste and class system in India. ensure protection for each child beacuse its them who will form major part of th workforce later.

7. Increase the spending on education and make it accessible to all- so that abilities are strengthened and people can move further towards development.

8. Spread communal harmony- so that people from different religions and classes work together instead of harming each other. when people feel more secure, thats when people may focus on development.

9. making people participate more in the politiacal life of thier region/state/country. so that power is in thier hands.

i am sure there are more things to add. also these actully look like broad measures to me. things will need to be much more defined. "how to" of each step is significant.


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Re: Realistic Possible Soultions for Poverty
Aug 7, 2006

Hey Shweta-sj,

I think some of your suggestions are very practical and certainly other countries are working towards some goals you've mentioned e.g. gender equality. As for the "how to", my thoughts on your first suggestion:

"1. ensuring sustainable livelihoods. beacuse most of people in india are still in seasonal/daily wage/unorganised kind of work. "

In N. America and most developed nations, this is definitely a growing trend and I think it's not going to reverse. I've actually been researching the development of "nonstandard labour" or "contingent labour".

I think in these cases, changing legislation so that contingent workers are covered in terms of health insurance etc. would be a good idea. The problem is, contingent labour is so diverse! We could be talking about highly skilled independent contractors or say, migrant workers from a developing nation. Their needs and concerns are very different.

There have also been some activist movements in N. American by contingent workers that might interest some. The two that stand out to me are the "permatemp" litigations against corporations like HP, Microsoft etc and the second case is within the academic community.


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Re: Realistic Possible Soultions for Poverty
Sep 9, 2006

>2. fight corruption- because that prevents the >benefits from reaching the most poor.
The most successful story probably is Hong Kong's ICAC
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_Commission_Against_Corruption_of_Hong_Kong

Hong Kong's economy has flown since the founding of ICAC.

This post was edited on: 2006-09-09 at 05:35 PM by: cheetaih


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Re: Realistic Possible Soultions for Poverty
Sep 9, 2006

>9. making people participate more in the political
>life of their region/state/country. so that power is
>in their hands.
But there should be a “mechanism” or a “political system” to ensure the right person will continue to care and serve his/her community after getting the power and position. History already told us that how “power” is able to corrupt people’s mind.

This post was edited on: 2006-09-09 at 05:45 PM by: cheetaih

This post was edited on: 2006-09-09 at 05:46 PM by: cheetaih


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Re: Realistic Possible Soultions for Poverty
Apr 12, 2007

My Economics class in high school has been discussing possible solutions for poverty. In the U.S.A. for example their is a set minimum wage. We discussed the idea that if we set the minimum wage at a higher price that it could help poverty. Yet i feel that this would just cause inflation and prices would therefor rise. What does everyone think about this?


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Re: Realistic Possible Soultions for Poverty
Apr 18, 2011

The number one answer - AWARENESS.

However, awareness doesn't just mean learning the facts and statistics behind the issue. It's about getting up close and personal with the issue.

You may be asking, how can we do that? It's about getting to know the people. We need to get out there and meet face-to-face with the people suffering in poverty.

danielleturnbull.net
is dedicated to telling these stories.

If you have a story you'd like to tell, e-mail it to
faceofpoverty@gmail.com


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Re: Realistic Possible Soultions for Poverty
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Poverty will never end unless there are real solutions to end it; solutions based on economic justice and political changes.


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Re: Realistic Possible Soultions for Poverty
Apr 27, 2014

I think everyone should go out in their community and hand out home made sandwiches to anyone in need. Or you could simply buy canned goods and donate them to the food bank.


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Re: Realistic Possible Soultions for Poverty
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Re: Realistic Possible Soultions for Poverty
May 19, 2015

In this world we live in ,we have to be brother keeper,God pronouces his blessings for it,but humans pays deaf ears .it is a pity most world governments,expecialy in Africa,makes their citizen look odds to their counterparts ,by even creating poverty .How can we address African issues?


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