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UN calls for combining energy access with anti-poverty projects in Asia

UN calls for combining energy access with anti-poverty projects in Asia | Poverty_ | Scoop.it
Services that combine access to modern energy for heating, cooking and electricity, with measures that generate cash, supplement incomes and improve health and education would be the most effective energy solutions in Asia and the Pacific,...

Via Flora Moon, Teo Jing Yi
Tan Qi Shun's insight:

I know that in many parts of rural Asia, the people do not have the privilige to be living in a technologically adavanced environment and that is usaully because of poverty. This article is trying to highlight the point in which that the poorer people living in the rural parts of Asia do no have access to energy. Even with energy they cannot escape from poverty as they lack education, skills and knowledge. However, it is not stopping the United Nation to help get energy access to parts of Asia.The UN is trying to improve life and reduce the bad impacts on health and the environment. After reading this i feel very fortunate to be able to be part of a prospering enviroment. If the UN is interested in helping those people escape from poverty why dont they employ people to teach and help them start making a living themselves?

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Benjamin Yap Kian Hwee's comment, February 4, 2013 7:51 AM
After reading this article, I see that the people are not able to pay for electricity. The government is helping them by building solar panels to collect energy from the sun. This will benefit many people, for example the children can study even after the sunset and the adults can use electrical appliances to cook food instead of using fire. Now the people can use the computer and connect to the outside world and let people know about what is poverty.
Wong Jia Ler's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:08 AM

This method is viable, it will help many obtain cooked food, but. is this method viable in a way in cost effectiveness if we wanted to do this in a world wide scale to help everyone? I do not think so, but, it is still good as this project had helped many, thousands, or maybe millions. lives are saved, but maybe we could look for a new method to help them which is cost effective and needed by people affected by poverty.

Praveent Thamil Mani's curator insight, January 20, 2014 7:21 AM

Support offered by government and non-government agencies to people to come out of the poverty line.

 

I see that a report by the UN Development Programme confirms that there can be no development without energy, and that poverty cannot be addressed sustainably without paying due attention to energy services.  The poor need energy to get out of poverty, but energy alone is not enough. The poor need support to generate income so that energy becomes affordable, which in turn will improve household living standards. Nearly half the world’s population lacks reliable access to modern energy services. I hope that this process speeds up and the poverty in the world is decreased.

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Childhood poverty leaves its mark on adult genetics - health - 26 October 2011 - New Scientist

Childhood poverty leaves its mark on adult genetics - health - 26 October 2011 - New Scientist | Poverty_ | Scoop.it
Genomes of adults raised in poor or rich households have distinctive patterns of epigenetic change – perhaps a response to early adversity (RT @JoelCarnazzo: Childhood poverty leaves its mark on adult genetics - New Scientist -

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I do know that people living in a state of poverty most probably live a shorter life or more than often is down with severe dieseases.This article further elaborates on my point and it talks about how new-borns growing up in a poorer environment and state tend to end up in bad conditions. Tests and studies have shown that even when the genes are of similar qualities but when new borns live in a better and richer environment they tend to live longer and it is most probably because the parents are able to afford and seek medical treatments when in need of any. However the poor are unable to do anything about their illness, depriving them of a fighting chance. There is a large difference of the state of health between the rich and the poor, with the rich being able to handle health complications and the poor ending up helpless.After reading this article i feel very fortunate that every single Singaporean is blessed with the chance to meet their medical needs. I would like to challenge the point at which why the goverment of those various countries not implementing any programs to help the poor seek any medical attention. Do they not feel unfair for the poor when the rich is able to meet their while the poor is unable to? 

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Shenyau Spamhi Bong's curator insight, January 30, 2013 10:51 PM

people from third world countries suffering from diseases such as malaria ,cancer, heart dieases.This diseases can be either caused by the impact of their childhood or from the hereditary  of their parents.As they come from not so developed countries,the medical there is not advanced.And what's more is that  most of the people come from poor families thus they are unable seek treatment even if they are suffering from such diseases or are unwell.So as they slowly develop into an adult,this symptoms of the disease would come haunting them.I feel that it is unfair for these kids. having to suffer from such disease since young is really a torture,yet are unable to get it with their own life.Most people knows that poverty are happening around the world but just the turn away when the issue arose we should help each other as much as possible and make this world a better place to live in 

Teo J-lyn's curator insight, January 31, 2013 7:43 PM

In this article, it shows that there is a rising number of people suffering from diseases such as cancer, herat diseases and many more. This could be cause by the impact of their childhood life because in the article, it state that people who are poorer are more prone to diseases. Tests, studies, experiments have shown that richer people can live longer as they have the money to go or treatment unike poorer people. It is unfair for them to be suffering like that and for some cases, this problems started when they are young, the disease might "follow' thrm until they grow old and it is unfair to them. If only the richer people will lend a helping hand to them and less people will be suffering and this will let the other know that they are not alone and everyone including the rich one is willing to help them.

Benjamin Yap Kian Hwee's comment, February 4, 2013 8:11 AM
After reading this article, I learnt that more people who are born in poor countries are suffering from diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other diseases. These diseases are often from their heredity or since childhood. They come from poor countries, hence the medical development are not advanced. Even if their medical development is advanced, they might not have enough money to pay for their medical bills. I find it very unfair that people who are rich can afford to get expensive medical treatment from private hospitals while the poor cannot even get the most basic treatments from clinics.
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To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital

To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital | Poverty_ | Scoop.it
Eradicating poverty can involve many varied and innovative approaches according to circumstance. But a universal factor is that development of livelihoods depends on communities enjoying good health and access to education.

Via Sylvain Rotillon, Au Yeong Sok Mun, Emily Lau, Jocelyn Stoller
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I know that people living in third world countries have difficulties getting access to clean and drinkable water. The long hours they spent on collecting water affects their living standards and repeatedly causing them to go through an endless cycle of poverty. This article talks about how NOT being able to get access to clean water has affected the lives of the people living in slums. The hours they spend on collecting water deprives them of receiving proper education. The consumption of those unsafe waters causes illnesses. Just simple access to water could raise their living standards and the world leaders are imposing modifciations to improve the peopls's lives.After reading this article it is inevitable for me to feel blessed and fortunate to have access to clean water from just a turn of a tap away.I sympathise and empathise with those people living in third world countries and strongly feel that we should stop wasting water. The point that i would like to challenge is that why dont wealthly people invest their money to help the leaders speed up the process, in hope that more people will escape poverty? 

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Bryan Lau's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:07 AM
From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water. 
Jasmine Ng's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:11 AM

From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water.

Wong Jia Ler's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:04 AM

After seeing the article, we should realise how fortunate we are when we have a tap with an unlimited supply of water thanks to our goverment, while we look at these people. They travel miles to get water and some even drink dirty water, this shows us that help must be given to these people as they are suffering although they actually can have clean water, its just that we are not acting to help them. Will the world help them, or would they just simply say ''its not my problem'' , this will depend of you, people could be saved if you just take it to concern and help out

 

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U.S. AID education/poverty infographic

U.S. AID education/poverty infographic | Poverty_ | Scoop.it

An excellent infographic that highlights the importance of education in the process of fighting poverty.  Why is education (especially women) so pivotal for development?  Should this change how we think about humanitarian aid?       


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From this infograhic i can see the benefits and importance of education. How education is going to change the lives of many and impact them. I think that education is the key to fight off long term poverty. Like described in the infograhic, education can bring about terms to earn more, mothers can immunize their children and reduce health risks. However many people, espeicially women have been deprived of the chance of a proper education due to poverty. They cannot afford the costs of proper education. If women were to be educated it could possibly bring about a better lifestyle and living standards for them. Just something so simple could bring about a 'revolution' for women and men. Despite efforts trying to promote education many people are still illiterate so why isn't there any further actions being carried out? If education could cause so much change why are so many people still deprived the chance of an education?

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Fiqah Nasrin's curator insight, January 27, 2014 8:37 AM

From this article i get to know that a child who born to an educated mother will benefit more than a child who born to mothers without an education. Quite a number of women in the world are without a proper education. Is it fair to women without a proper education to be condemn to be told that their child will do poorly rather than a child of an educated mothers. Their child would eventually suceed through hard work and support from their family.

Zemus Koh's curator insight, January 27, 2014 10:11 AM

From this infographic, I can see the importance of education and how it can impact us in our lives. Education is key as it can help us in many ways such as being able to teach our offspings survival skills and also help us to earn more so that we can bring up a family and support them. However important education is, it still comes with a price. As such, many are deprived of this oppurtunity to be educated even though education is somewhat considered a neccessity. Other benefits of education to women include a lesser chance of contracting STDs and also having a higher chance to immunize their children compared to non-educated women. Since education is a key to survival and an important part in our lives, why is it that no effort is made to promote this or to fund more projects that help the less fortunate to get a chance to be educated?

Fiqah Nasrin's curator insight, February 23, 2014 7:28 AM

This article tells me that a child who born to an educated mother will benefit more than a child who born to mothers without an education. Quite a number of women in the world are without a proper education. Is it fair to women without a proper education to be condemn to be told that their child will do poorly rather than a child of an educated mothers. Their child would eventually succeed through hard work and support from their family. It stated that most children who drop out from school are girls and most of the people cant read live in developing countries. In this century i am sure that proper education are given to those who could not afford it as everyone want to succeed. I think that it does not matter if a child's mother is without an education as they can succeed if they work hard and opportunity is given to them.

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UK's food poverty revealed: nutrition falls as fruit and veg prices rise

UK's food poverty revealed: nutrition falls as fruit and veg prices rise | Poverty_ | Scoop.it

Annual food survey shows that households are ditching fresh, healthy foods and 'trading down' to counter rising prices

The UK's poorest households are being disproportionately hit by the impact of soaring food prices, according to new government figures that also show the consumption of every major nutrient has fallen in the last four years.

In order to cut costs since 2007, UK households have bought less bread, lamb, beef, fish, fruit, vegetables, potatoes and alcoholic drinks – but more bacon.

The government's annual Family Food survey, which provides the most detailed annual snapshot of food and drink spending and consumption, found that weekly spending per person on all household food in 2011 was £27.99, an increase of 1.5% on the previous year. But because of price rises, that bought less food - 4.2% less in 2011 than in 2007.


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I know that in certain countries, beacause of the increase in food prices people have been limiting the kind of food they buy from the supermakert. However, in United Kingdom the drastic inflation of food prices has severly impacted the poorer households. The poorer households have not been able to afford food from a healthier group choice, so they turn to eating unhealthy, and thus causing their nutrition level to drop after the inflation. After reading this article i feel very sad for the poor living in the UK as they are not even able to afford vegetables. They are not even able to take in the basic nutrition they need. I also feel that people living in priviliged countries such as Singapore should cherish food and not take food forgranted. I would like to challenge the fact that even though the rich of the UK's are still eating well, they are not helping their fellow citzens. Shouldn't the rich sympathise the poor and at least out of sympathy do something to improve the condition in UK?

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Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:39 AM

Some countries with poverty benefitted from a tropical climate with lush vegetation and a diverse range of crops that grow all year round. This highlights just how important agriculture is to reducing poverty in some countries. As those who have poverty will have the vegetation and crops that they got and they can eat without searching for any vegetation and crops desperately. So the lesser the vegetation and crops import from other countries, the higher the price it can be.  The country should be part of the biggest exporters of a variety of products, and a much larger proportion of peoples should reap the fruits of this trade. In general, whenever the country experiences periods of economic growth, they match improvements in agriculture. It provides tons of food, jobs, raw material for other sectors (e.g. cattle) and higher income. Even today as the service sector is taking off; agriculture remains an important aspect in the country’s economy. Several studies confirmed what was obvious to everyone: people with larger farm land, those with access to loans or production assets, as well as people closer to local markets all showed much lower poverty rates than the rest. Integrating thousands of households into local markets and teaching more advanced agricultural techniques are also essential aspects to reducing poverty in some countries. In many ways this implies more government intervention, at least to invest in basic infrastructure such as roads and cheap public transportation so that people are given the opportunity to go to town and sell their crops.

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:45 AM

Nutrients are important, especially important for children when they need the nutrients to grow. Without these nutrients, people might have deficiency diseases due to lack of nutrients or obesity due to consuming junk food and sugary drinks. I think that household markets should have an affordable prices for average household families to buy their essential daily needs. If the prices of the products are continuously increasing, I doubt that any of the families will be able to afford it and both the families and the supermarket will suffer. In my opinion, I think that the government should manage the rising prices of products in the supermarket, instead of helping out the families with financial difficulties as a larger number of people will benefit.

Jasmine Tan's curator insight, March 2, 2013 1:04 PM

See. Think. Wonder.

From this article, I can see that many people are starting to not consume or buy fruits and vegetables, because they are increasing in price and instead bought quite unhealthy food. I believe this is because if the lack of harvest, thus the markets are selling things at a higher price.

It makes me think of the other countires which have fuits and vegetables of the same pricing as usual, why do people still not want to buy them? They know that fruits and vegetables are healthy for them. This also brings back to the point where the lack of money does not let one eat well and healthily.

I wonder if the country can import more fuirts and vegetables from other countires so that they have more to sell, and that they would not have to increase the price of the things which they are selling.