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Why So Many Emerging Megacities Remain So Poor

Why So Many Emerging Megacities Remain So Poor | Poverty (Daryl Koh) (6) | 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?"

 


Via Allison Anthony, geo-pickmeup.com, Steffi Quah
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I really agree. This shows that third world countires/backward countries needs to take a very long time to develop and build up. I believe this is caused by the lack of education the people receive. For example, the prople who needs to build buildings do not have any education prior to this job and might not be structurally safe/unstable. This greatly affects the architectural redevopment of a country as a whole.

 

Rome, has developed from a much underdeveloped country as can be seen from London and New York. This does not happen overnight and it takes much effort to build. 

 

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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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How Being Confident Helps You Overcome Poverty - TheStreet.com

How Being Confident Helps You Overcome Poverty - TheStreet.com | Poverty (Daryl Koh) (6) | Scoop.it
How Being Confident Helps You Overcome Poverty
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BOSTON (TheStreet) -- People may have better chances of overcoming poverty by recalling past success and happiness, according to a study published this month in Psychological Science.
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Poverty & Education

Poverty & Education | Poverty (Daryl Koh) (6) | Scoop.it
Equal access to a good public education can be offered in every classroom through the development of literacy.

Via Peggy Simmons
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The differences between schools in affluent neighborhoods and those in areas of poverty are striking and obvious. Because of this, the wealthy and the poor are segregated by a distinct line. Many factors such as parental involvement in school programmes, parents jobs and status, and even social interaction. This might be the cause of care and concern. In other words, in affluent schools the teachers might me much more caring and concerned about a students welfare than those poverty stricken schools. The article states "whether a suburban school in an affluent neighborhood, or an inner city school in a poverty area, or a school inclusive of both...what if we looked at equity through a curriculum lens? Literacy is the common denominator." This tells us that only through literaccy in education, people around the poor can be more socially aware of their surroundings and provide care and concern to them. If help is needed, then we should always help without asking for a gift of gratitude. In this manner, the poverty gap can be smaller than before. If you think its a small step for you, it really means a lot to the poor. So, why not do something meaningful today ???

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Ong Meng Kiat's curator insight, January 19, 2014 8:46 AM

Education is a large factor to the topic on poverty. As we can see from the article that "the differences between schools in affluent neighborhoods and those in areas of poverty are striking and obvious" shows that the rich and the poor are separated by two great worlds. Different people, rich or poor having different living standards, the same as learning. Rich people might be learning on academic skills, to enter professions like doctors and teachers. Poor people might be learning technical skills and basic communcation skills, like fishing or farming. Therefore, education might not just be academic. However, the most ideal type of education is definitely studying to enter great professions like doctors, as this will give the child a good income and not jobs like farming and fishing which are tough and the people are paid little. Therefore, "whether a suburban school in an affluent neighborhood, or an inner city school in a poverty area, or a school inclusive of both...what if we looked at equity through a curriculum lens? Literacy is the common denominator" which shows us that only by literacy we can be equipped with the right type of skills to get a job for the future. So as to help the poor people, we should help them in terms of education, as education would determine their life in the future, whether to get a desired job as a doctor or an undesired job as a farmer. Rich people should aid the poor people in terms of education to the poor people so that the country would advance as one and there would be rid of suffering on Mother Earth. Therefore, I urge everyone to do anything that you can help the poor with, building schools or donating textbooks so as to improve their education, their future and the living conditions in their homes after some years.

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Poverty kills

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Karen Rowlingson There are a number of possible threats to human life which the Saving Humans theme is highlighting.  Poverty is one of those threats.  Poverty kills people throughout the world but...
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Poverty Solutions: What Can Businesses Do?

Poverty Solutions: What Can Businesses Do? | Poverty (Daryl Koh) (6) | 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
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After reading the article, Poverty Solutions: What Can Businesses Do, I felt that we can do a lot more than what was stated in the article. The article states that businesses can help build expertise and capacity, invest in women and partner on water and sanitation projects. This only can solve part of the poverty problems. Maslow's hierarchy of needs state that in order to sustain life, everyone must have these fundamentals to start of. They are: breathing, food, water, sleep, sex, homeostasis and excretion.

 

 

But, doing these things are not enough. What about education? What about amusement (fun and games for children)? I believe these factors are not thought about and never carried out. I believe that everyone that is on Earth must have equal treatment. But why don't businesses provide education for them? If 9 out of 10 people support education, why don't the government build schools for the poor? It is such a shame to see young poor children uneducated. Without education, they do not and will not know what is going on around the world.

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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?
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9 Things You Should Know About Poverty (US)

9 Things You Should Know About Poverty (US) | Poverty (Daryl Koh) (6) | Scoop.it
Fifty years ago this month, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the 'war on poverty' an attempt to harness the power of government to help the poor. Here are nine things you should know about poverty in America.
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I think poverty in America is worsening. This can be seen from beggars and gypsies on the streets, subways, under bridges and many more places. They are either temporarily or chronically homeless. But come to think of it from another point of view, a question struck me. "Why didn't the poor look for a job?" I mean are they plain lazy or they are just afraid of others' stares? There is actually nothing to be afraid of when you are poor. It just means that the poor is just a little "backward" when it comes to money. They have to be able to sustain their own lives and not really depend on the US Government. If the poor just sits there and do nothing, naturally nothing is going to happen. For every action there is a reaction. So if the poor do not want to be categorized under "poor", they have to do something about their lives to make the change. Be the change and change to be. 

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