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Jack Monroe Has Become Britain’s Austerity Celebrity

Jack Monroe Has Become Britain’s Austerity Celebrity | poverty assignment by_Ryan Ho | Scoop.it
A single mother finds herself in the middle of a debate about poverty and the welfare state in Britain.
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 This women amaze me, though she is dropped out of school when she was sixteen years old and went to having an overwhelming amount of debt, she is still able to keep going. Is her son really that important to her? She was so influential in the news that she was recruited by a party for a campaign. She used to get her income and buy her food by Sainsbury’s leftovers campaign. Currently she lives in a new apartment. This leaves me with one question. Is this a step for Britain towards passing a bill for helping those in poverty or will they ignore it and spiral more into poverty?

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UNICEF - Millennium Development Goals

UNICEF - Millennium Development Goals | poverty assignment by_Ryan Ho | Scoop.it

Reducing poverty starts with children.

Poverty hits children hardest. While a severe lack of goods and services hurts every human, it is most threatening to children’s rights: survival, health and nutrition, education, participation, and protection from harm and exploitation. It creates an environment that is damaging to children’s development in every way – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.

Some regions of the world have more dire situations than others, but even within one country there can be broad disparities – between city and rural children, for example, or between boys and girls. An influx or tourism in one area may improve a country’s poverty statistics overall, while the majority remains poor and disenfranchised.


Via Colette Cassinelli
Ryan Ho's insight:

  There are so many other articles out on the internet talking about poverty. I chose this one as i feel poverty affects the children the most. For example, children living in the Khewa district of Afghanistan (formerly Taliban controlled).From my knowledge the girls were not allowed to have an education and the boys only received religious education. Such things will affect them in the future like not being able to get a job, thus going into poverty. Luckily UNICEF works with the government on developing broad national planning frameworks like Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) and Sector-wide Approaches to Programming (SWAPs) by doing legislative reforms.

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Yansheng Xu's curator insight, February 3, 2013 4:48 AM

From the picture, i see a child is wearing a jacket, hugging his own knees with Innocent eyes.There are lots of poor places while families are living in the streets, while poor children are abandoned to their own fates. Everyone has the right to help the poor, every child should deserve a help like food needed, clean water or good health care.  If the whole world knows about this, would they think of ways to help them or just sit back and watch. I wonder that what should the government do to help them.

Le Hong Phuc's curator insight, January 18, 2014 8:56 AM

Seeing a picture of a young boy in his old stained sweater, holding his hands tightly inside the sleeve sitting on the rooftop. He is surely a poor child, I told myself. His eyes speak out, he seems like not having enough warmth or food to fill up his stomach that has been empty since when! The background of houses, steel roofs, substandard walls and paint work, it’s a poor neighbourhood.

I have seen worse, young children living beneath the bridge, or those as young as primary 2 students walking along the streets selling chewing gums and tissue paper for a live. I have seen some sleep by the roads, despite the cold weather and the nonstop flow of noisy transportation. As children, they do not deserve that. They have the right to survive, the right to access healthcare, education, have the right to participate in any activities for their age, and the right to be protected. Looking at them I see a paradoxical image of me. From the bottom of my heart I ask myself what justice has been done, that leaves those children suffer? Global organizations have set up the rights for children, but I do not see those rights being carried out, or at least at some area.

UNICEF, is a global organization working on helping children, they step in. By creating countless plans and frameworks, they are striving to give the poor children a better life. Yes providing food, necessities, amenities, water, sanitation, healthcare, housing, and last but not least, education. UNICEF also has raised awareness around the world, and helped effect policies for children’s well-being.

Leong Lwl's curator insight, January 25, 2014 1:18 AM

After reading this article,i find that actually poverty is a very dangerous "illness" because if this happen to children , it may cause all these : a severe lack of goods and services hurts every human, it is most threatening to children’s rights: survival, health and nutrition, education, participation, and protection from harm and exploitation. It creates an environment that is damaging to children’s development in every way – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.

i hope that it will get better and people in the poverty able to get out from it .

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Poverty Solutions: What Can Businesses Do?

Poverty Solutions: What Can Businesses Do? | poverty assignment by_Ryan Ho | Scoop.it

Poverty solutions of various approaches have been underway for decades, many of which have shown only mixed results. While the global middle class is still growing and many developing countries have made impressive gains, clearly more work can be done. Government and NGOs are unable to solve poverty on their own; and therefore the past few years have witnessed a trend of businesses partnering with non-profits to take on the globe’s most pressing challenges. Market-based solutions are starting to show results as the world’s poor have always proven they want a stake, not handouts, in their local water sources, environment and economy.

So how can business work with NGOs, local governments and directly with the world’s poorest citizens on finding poverty solutions?


Via W. Robert de Jongh
Ryan Ho's insight:

 I did not know before that there are other ways for Multinational companies to help the poor besides through philanthropy. They do so by educating women who to use technologies. These same women are being hit the hard by poverty. On that note, in Hungary a company helped pushed the Hungarian parliament to pass a law on making domestic violence a crime. Since its a not only a moral issue to them too.  The PepsiCo and a non-profit organization teamed up to give out microloans to the less fortunate to pay for clean. This just opened my eyes to ways companies gain profit by serving the community.

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Steffi Quah's comment, January 27, 2014 8:39 PM
I feel that those measures stated in the articles are both relavant and helpful. In my opinion, those measures mentioned will be very helpful in the long term. But whats most important is the short term needs of the people. The government first has to satisfy the short term needs of the people first, like food, water and lodging. After that, we can think about the long term plans.
Joey Yeo's comment, January 28, 2014 10:14 AM
Education indeed gives children an opportunity to get out of poverty and also for them to be more globally aware. Yes, the government and the majority also agrees that education is important and support the idea of providing education for the poor. Governments have been trying their best to reach out to more poor children. However, to provide education for all requires lots and lots of money, from building schools to hiring teachers. The government might not have enough funds to provide education for all. Hence, wealthier people should come in and help out with the funds.
Eve's comment, January 30, 2014 6:49 AM
I think that its too early to talk about education first. I feel that we should make sure that their basic necessities are there, before education and others are brought in. Even if schools are built, where are they going to get people to teach them? I mean, people there aren't educated to educate others. We can ask help from overseas, but who is willing to stay at that place for years?