For too long we have depended on the idea of innocent suffering to provoke our compassion, while we look away from complex suffering. As poverty retreats to the fragile states, now more than ever we need to overcome suffering with understanding, gene...
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On Thursday, November 21, the Development Assistance and Governance Initiative at Brookings hosted an event on the prospects for ending extreme poverty. Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Rajiv Shah, provided remarks on the role of the U.S. government in the fight against global poverty.
The World Bank estimates that by 2015, one-half of the world’s poorest people will be living in fragile and conflict-affected states. As the world begins to formulate the post-2015 global development agenda – the successor to the Millennium Development Goals – dealing with the interlinkages between extreme poverty and conflict has become more pressing than ever. President Obama and the United States Agency for International Development have committed themselves to ending extreme poverty in this generation, but the role of peace within the post-2015 agenda remains complex and sometimes controversial.
This morning, I want to share an overarching purpose worthy of this room that has come together to follow the teachings of Jesus: Let us work together to end extreme poverty in our lifetime. Because this is now achievable, but only if all of us—from science, business, government, and faith—come together for the poor. We can end extreme poverty for the 1.1 billion people who live on a dollar-and-a- quarter a day.
Gallup's self-reported income data indicate that 22% of residents across 131 countries worldwide live on $1.25 per day or less -- the World Bank's definition of "extreme poverty." In sub-Saharan Africa, that figure rises to 54%.
It's not having access to life-saving medicine;It’s a 2-mile hike for water;It’s a small plot of land, five kids, no modern tools and a drought-prone world;It’s “A Day in the Dark” everyday;It’s growing up in a war zone;It's not having a vote.
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