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The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index

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The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™ offers a unique insight into how prosperity is forming and changing across the world.

- Finland nr 8.
Traditionally, a nation’s prosperity has been based solely on macroeconomic indicators such as a country’s income, represented either by GDP or by average income per person (GDP per capita). However, most people would agree that prosperity is more than just the accumulation of material wealth, it is also the joy of everyday life and the prospect of being able to build an even better life in the future. The Prosperity Index is distinctive in that it is the only global measurement of prosperity based on both income and wellbeing.


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"the joy of everyday life and the prospect of being able to build an even better life in the future" - the exact decision reached by my IB Global Politics students when asked "what should 'developed' mean when applied to a country?"

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Botswana 72; Rwanda 105; Uganda 114; Kenya 116; Tanzania 117; Burundi 138

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The quest to end poverty | TED Playlists | TED

The quest to end poverty | TED Playlists | TED | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
It's the challenge of our age: How do we end poverty? Hear ideas and results from economists, philanthropists, activists working -- in labs and on the ground -- to wipe it out.
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The right's poverty plan: shame poor kids and the vaginas that birthed them | Sadhbh Walshe

The right's poverty plan: shame poor kids and the vaginas that birthed them | Sadhbh Walshe | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
Sadhbh Walshe: Conservatives want to make low-income Americans feel bad about babies and diets to cut birth control and food stamps
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What I find disturbing about Coulter is that she seems intelligent enough to know better.

 

However, her main agenda is to keep herself in the public eye by being deliberately provocative. Speaking from her position of wealth and privilege just makes that worse.

 

She proudly displays a cross, and makes a great deal of he Christianity - and yet she seems to have missed every single point Jesus made about what it means to be a human being.

 

In many ways the USA should be more ashamed of the wilful ignorance, and contempt for others, that people like Coulter display, than they should be about the rest of a culture and a country that is clearly broken.

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Costa Rican Farmers Become Climate Change Acrobats - Inter Press Service

Costa Rican Farmers Become Climate Change Acrobats - Inter Press Service | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it

ALVARADO, Costa Rica, Mar 4 2014 (IPS) - José Alberto Chacón traverses the winding path across his small farm on the slopes of the Irazú volcano, in Costa Rica, which meanders because he has designed it to prevent rain from washing away nutrients from the soil.

 

His careful husbandry ensures his crops of beans, maize and carrots on his half-hectare parcel of land, which like that of many other farmers in the Pacayas area, is located on steep slopes that are prone to the loss of the land’s fertile layers.

 

Chacón told IPS that he is constantly applying techniques like designing a winding path, and building terraces or containment walls with harvest leftovers, and he feels like an acrobat leaping from one measure to another to keep his family farm alive.

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Want to end poverty? Tackle inequality first

Want to end poverty? Tackle inequality first | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
There is broad support for the idea to set a global goal to end extreme poverty by 2030, as recent international conferences such as the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos and the ongoing consultations on the post-2015 agenda show.
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World Wealth - Oxfam Global Statistics


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When the definition of poverty harms the poor

When the definition of poverty harms the poor | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
We rarely ask the poor what poverty means to them and what changes in lifestyle would make them poverty-free

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To end poverty we also need to ensure equality and sustainability

To end poverty we also need to ensure equality and sustainability | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
Erik Solheim: There's more bang for every development buck when reducing poverty also boosts gender equality, health and the environment

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The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index

The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
The 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index™ offers a unique insight into how prosperity is forming and changing across the world.

- Finland nr 8.
Traditionally, a nation’s prosperity has been based solely on macroeconomic indicators such as a country’s income, represented either by GDP or by average income per person (GDP per capita). However, most people would agree that prosperity is more than just the accumulation of material wealth, it is also the joy of everyday life and the prospect of being able to build an even better life in the future. The Prosperity Index is distinctive in that it is the only global measurement of prosperity based on both income and wellbeing.


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"the joy of everyday life and the prospect of being able to build an even better life in the future" - the exact decision reached by my IB Global Politics students when asked "what should 'developed' mean when applied to a country?"

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Botswana 72; Rwanda 105; Uganda 114; Kenya 116; Tanzania 117; Burundi 138

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A Modern-Day Robin Hood Takes Aim at Poverty

A Modern-Day Robin Hood Takes Aim at Poverty | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
Here’s one tiny thing we can do that will yield enormous improvements in health care for millions.

 

What if you knew you could spend a miniscule amount of money—one-half of one percent of your earnings, say—and it would do really good things? Things like making sure women don’t die in childbirth, lowering rates of infant mortality, tuberculosis, and HIV?

Wouldn’t you do it?

 

“This isn’t theory. This is happening,” says David Hillman of the Robin Hood Tax Campaign.

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Africa must reject regime change, says Zuma

Africa must reject regime change, says Zuma | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
The people of Africa must reject any idea from outside the continent which would lead to regime change in an African state, President Jacob Zuma has said.
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Because, let's face it, some of these regimes have such a history of succe ... oh, wait.
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Because, let's face it, some of these regimes have such a history of succe ... oh, wait.

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Where does aid money really go -- and what is it spent on?

Where does aid money really go -- and what is it spent on? | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
Rich nations may report impressive aid spending, but large amounts of aid money never actually leave donor countries, explains an expert.
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Extreme Poverty Reduction: An MDGs Success Story?

Extreme Poverty Reduction: An MDGs Success Story? | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
The goal of extreme poverty reduction is surely the best-known of the UN's eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
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UN official praises China´s poverty reduction CCTV News - CNTV English

A United Nations (UN) official on Thursday praised China´s progress in eliminating hunger and reducing poverty, as the world marked the 21st International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
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A Tale of Two Britains: Inequality in the UK

 

 

Inequality is a growing problem in the UK. While austerity measures in Britain continue to hit the poorest families hardest, a wealthy elite has seen their incomes spiral upwards, exacerbating income inequality which has grown under successive governments over the last quarter of a century.

 

 

Today, the five richest families in the UK are wealthier than the bottom 20 per cent of the entire population. That’s just five households with more money than 12.6 million people – almost the same as the number of people living below the poverty line in the UK.

 

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Just read this again: "The five richest families in the UK are wealthier than the bottom 20 per cent of the entire population".

 

That is a horrifying sentence - and one reflected on a global scale.

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Vegetable Gardens Ease Poverty in El Salvador - Inter Press Service

Vegetable Gardens Ease Poverty in El Salvador - Inter Press Service | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it

EL CARMEN, El Salvador, Mar 3 2014 (IPS) - Vegetable growing is flourishing in Cuscatlán, the smallest department in the tiny country of El Salvador, with the help of a national programme to promote family agriculture and lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty.

 

On one and a half hectares of land, four of the Ramírez brothers used to grow only maize, without much expertise. Today they sell fruit and vegetables to the Walmart transnational chain.

 

They were determined to make the most of the Family Agriculture Plan (PAF), launched by the government in February 2011 to give support to more than 300,000 producers, improve their yields and incomes and fight hunger.

 

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While politicians bicker over self-serving definitions of poverty, a simple measure of ‘need’ is being overlooked

While politicians bicker over self-serving definitions of poverty, a simple measure of ‘need’ is being overlooked | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
Politicians try to define poverty in ways that suit them. Don’t think for one minute that they are engaged in erudite discussions of statistical truth. As an example, see the article that George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, wrote together yesterday, which I will come to later.
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Queen down to her last million due to courtiers' overspending, report finds - Telegraph

Queen down to her last million due to courtiers' overspending, report finds - Telegraph | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
Report by the Commons public accounts committee finds the Queen’s advisers are failing to control her finances while the royal palaces are “crumbling”
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How the hard times are hitting one UK pensioner.

 

Let's all send her a quid, help tide her over.

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Can renewable electricity reduce poverty?

Can renewable electricity reduce poverty? | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it

Energy poverty is a major development issue: nearly 1.3 billion people, close to one-fifth of the world’s population, have no access to electricity. Lack of access to efficient modern energy has a significant impact on economic development and small-scale enterprise, educational opportunities, infant mortality, gender equality and quality of life. - See more at: http://www.ids.ac.uk/news/can-renewable-electricity-reduce-poverty?


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Poverty wages in the land of plenty

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Amy Goodman: The holiday season is upon us. Sadly, the big retailers are Scrooges when it comes to paying their workers
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Meet three inspiring girls behind the Girl Declaration

Meet three inspiring girls behind the Girl Declaration | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
Ending poverty starts with girls like Hannatu, Joanna and Andressa. And 250 million others…
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Poverty Line Problems: The History of an Outdated Measurement

Poverty Line Problems: The History of an Outdated Measurement | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
In a followup to his latest infocomic exploring "What it means to be poor in America," graphic journalist Andy Warner illustrates the idea behind "the poverty line" and the origins of the important measurement used for determining citizens'...

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Ethiopia opens Africa's largest wind farm to boost power production

Ethiopia opens Africa's largest wind farm to boost power production | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
ASHEGODA, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Africa's biggest wind farm began production in Ethiopia on Saturday, aiding efforts to diversify electricity generation from hydropower plants and help the country become a major regional exporter of energy.
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Simple Tools to Help Teachers Introduce Students to Hunger Issues | WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

Simple Tools to Help Teachers Introduce Students to Hunger Issues | WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it

Getting classrooms involved in the fight against hunger is important to WFP. For teachers who want to start teaching about hunger and food assistance, it can be tough to know where to start. Our website has several great options for crafting a lesson.

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Azerbaijan: Model for poverty reduction | Opinion, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com

Azerbaijan: Model for poverty reduction | Opinion, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it

Why should journalists from other countries be interested in observing Azerbaijan’s presidential elections? First, as observers, they learn about how leaders are elected in this part of the world. Second, they see how a country, racked by political strife for years, is able to reduce the poverty rate from 49.6 percent of its population in 2001 to 7.6 percent in 2011, and lately, to 6 percent. This feat is considered by economic writers as “stupendous,” and most likely, can be used as a model for Philippine leaders engaged in the serious business of  reducing our country’s poverty incidence.

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Poverty reduction plans work

Poverty reduction plans work | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
We are one of the most generous provinces in Canada in terms of giving to charity. Yet we have had the highest poverty rate in Canada for the last 13 years. Clearly, our generosity can only go so far.
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Map of the Day: The 2013 Global Hunger Index

Map of the Day: The 2013 Global Hunger Index | Global Politics - Poverty | Scoop.it
Today’s map comes via the International Food Policy Research Institute, which compiles an annual listing to measure levels of hunger around the world. Here’s how it is measured.

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