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The Big Picture — Poverty and Hunger — Voices of Youth

The Big Picture — Poverty and Hunger — Voices of Youth | Poverty Assignment By Robert | Scoop.it

The many dimensions of poverty


Usually poverty is thought to be lack of income - for example, a person is considered poor if his/her income is less than $1.25 a day. However, poverty is much more than simply the lack of income. Children living in poverty experience a lack of the material, spiritual, and emotional resources they need to survive, develop and thrive. A certain income does not necessarily mean that a household has all it needs to provide what a child needs for a good start in life. That is why it is important to focus on multidimensional child poverty measures that look beyond income and focus on whether children face deprivations to a range of their basic rights such as health, education, information, nutrition, shelter, water and sanitation.

When children are deprived of these rights in the first years of their life, it can limit their potential for physical, intellectual and emotional development. In turn, many children grow up without the opportunity to be healthy and educated and to feel safe and confident.

Via Colette Cassinelli, Ray Kang
Robert Christian's comment, January 27, 2014 8:29 PM
This tells us that poverty is not just lack of money or the things necessary. Poverty also means that they lack what's neccessary for the child to start a good life. Having less than $1.25 a day is already bad enough and they are facing a lot more problems for them. They should focus on helping them with schools, health and all the things they need to start a new life
Natasha Ho's comment, January 30, 2014 8:42 AM
Comments on Steffi’s insight: I agree with what you have stated. All of us ought to be more appreciative and not compare what we have with others. Everyone comes from a different background and I think that it is very important to be happy with what you have and not envy what others have that we do not possess. Like what you have said, the people living in extreme poverty do not even have basic needs for survival yet we are taking for granted how fortunate we are. To be contented with what we have should be where all of us should head towards. In today’s world, youngsters are becoming more pampered and when they do not get what they want or what others have they would be upset which should not be the case.
Ruby Jackson's curator insight, August 13, 2014 9:03 PM

This is what my dream is working towards: to fight against childhood poverty and prevent the repeated generational cycles,  and also to give the youth a chance at a successful life and to know that their parents situation does not have to become their own!

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The Children's Society's Matthew Reed: Millions are facing a winter of misery - we need to fight child poverty

The Children's Society's Matthew Reed: Millions are facing a winter of misery - we need to fight child poverty | Poverty Assignment By Robert | Scoop.it
Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children's Society, says that the choice between heating and eating is one no one should have to make

Via Steven Preece
Robert Christian's insight:

All the children living in poverty do not even have the money to pay for their bills or buy enough food. They even resort to turning down the heater and living in the cold so that they'll still have food to eat. They can turn ill because it will be very cold and they would not even have a proper place to dry their clothes. On the other hand, if they eat less to pay for the bills, they will be very hungry. Either way, it will still be tough for them so they need help to overcome this.

Sara Abdul's comment, January 28, 2014 10:54 PM
I agree with Bunaiya's insight .To the point that they could not afford using the heaters during winter season is really heart-breaking. The government should help them and give them money .
Sein's comment, January 29, 2014 3:22 AM
I think that able people and goverment should spent money and effort to help them to keep them warm.Goverment,communities , and the school should work together to support and help those student who are facing poverty so most in need will get help.
Jasmine Choo's comment, February 3, 2014 2:20 AM
I agree with Bunaiya. We all need food, warmth and water to survive. However, some people out there are not as lucky as we are. They need to make sacrifices just to provide. The government should do more to provide for these people. We should also learn to cherish and be satisfied with what we have.
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Eliminating Poverty Is More Than Just Putting Dollars In The Pockets Of The Poor - PoliticusUSA

Eliminating Poverty Is More Than Just Putting Dollars In The Pockets Of The Poor - PoliticusUSA | Poverty Assignment By Robert | Scoop.it
Eliminating Poverty Is More Than Just Putting Dollars In The Pockets Of The Poor
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Via Velvet Martin
Robert Christian's insight:

Basically, this is telling us about how poor the children are. They do not usually get free food, but when they do, it's probably just some leftovers or something that we would not like. Donating to them would be nice so that at least they would have something good and simple to eat instead of the leftovers they are eating. It also tells us that we are previliged to be able to have good food.

David Ting's comment, January 28, 2014 11:05 PM
I will agree that poverty is not only people not having money to feed themselves, but poverty is very big issue that affects the underpreveliged in many ways. Supplying the poor with money only tackles one of the many issues that they face and more help will be needed for them
Koh Chee Kiat's comment, January 29, 2014 9:13 AM
I agree, poverty is more than giving money out to everyone, like the saying goes, give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime
Huang Ziqian's comment, January 29, 2014 12:29 PM
Donating money to the poor has its pros and cons. The poor can spend it on health care, housing and education and so on. However, in a long run, these people in poverty might become dependent on it. They might take the help and supports for granted as well. Hence, donating money to the poor is necessary but there must be any other solutions to help them, too.
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Why So Many Emerging Megacities Remain So Poor

Why So Many Emerging Megacities Remain So Poor | Poverty Assignment By Robert | Scoop.it

"The big story of global economic development over the past several decades has been the steady march of urbanization and the development of mega-cities around the world. As I noted earlier this week, the percentage of the world's population that lives in cities has grown from less than a third in the middle of the twentieth century to more than half today.  


Economists and urbanists have generally considered increasing urbanization to be a good thing. The long history of global cities — from ancient Rome to London and New York today — is a story of increasing progress and prosperity.

But those concerned with the "Global South" have rightly pointed to the persistent poverty in some large, dense cities of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Consider the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kinshasa — a booming megalopolis of 8.4 million in a country that has a GDP per capita of only $410.  If urbanization really helps drive economic development, why do many global cities remain poor?"


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Kaili Tan's comment, January 29, 2014 7:35 AM
I agree with your point of view. Urbanization provides lots of benefits for the people however it takes a lot of time to develop an under-developed area into a modern urban city. There are many things to build and it takes effort of many workers to evolve the place. Thus, many areas are still not developed and some of the urban cities are still poor because the government do not have enough money to support them. Thus, an urban city might be living in poverty too. To overcome poverty is not a matter that can be resolved overnight. It requires the combined efforts of many contributing individuals.
Keith Lee's comment, January 29, 2014 8:15 AM
urbanization do provide lots of benefits for the people but it will be interminable. the workers have to be employed by someone who has the capability and knowledge, the company or government must be capable to sustain the construction. the company also needs to supply resources and pay the workers. i think that economic power can help urbanize a city, the state then the country.
Joey Tan's comment, January 29, 2014 10:08 AM
I totally agree about the point pointed out. Urbanization is very common in many countires that are very big. It provides lots of advantages but because the country is too big, the government is unable to make changes very quickly. The city is usually the place that will be more advanced and well-developed as compared to other rural areas. Thus, it takes a longer time for a undeveloped area to be more organised and developed. Not only are the people in rural areas living in poverty, people living in city might also be facing the poverty because the country only focus on developing the country and not the other important factors such as education and health. To improve poverty, I feel that everyone in the country should do their part in contributing and making the country a better place to be in.
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Oxfam: 85 richest people as wealthy as poorest half of the world

Oxfam: 85 richest people as wealthy as poorest half of the world | Poverty Assignment By Robert | Scoop.it
As World Economic Forum starts in Davos, development charity claims that growing inequality has been driven by a 'power grab' by wealthy elites (85 richest people in the world as wealthy as poorest half of the world - that's 3.5 billion people!
Robert Christian's insight:

This shows us how the richest people have an effect. They are usually from low tax areas and also, they know how to use their money to have a political influence on the people. In the research conducted, they found out people thought that rich people would be able to have an influence on where a country is headed

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