Poverty Today

“Once poverty is gone, we’ll need to build museums to display its horrors to future generations. They’ll wonder why poverty continued so long in human society – how a few people could live in luxury while billions dwelt in misery, deprivation and despair.” -Muhammad Yunus

More than three billion people live off of $2.50 a day. More than 80% of the world’s population lives off of $10 a day (Global Issues). Most Americans would easily spend $2.50 on a Starbucks coffee without even thinking about it. In the United States most people could not imagine living on that amount of money, but in the rest of the world that is the norm. Extreme poverty is not understood globally because most Americans live in a bubble where they do not know whats going on outside of there world. Attention needs to be brought to this issue because there is a lot that individuals can do to solve this problem.

The research that I have completed over the course of the semester has brought to light all the things that individuals can do to donate to the cause. It can be money, time, or other resources. Technology is the key factor in changing the poverty stricken world. There are so many resources that can be created to solve the communities problems in the terms that they want. Innovation is important in communities because they know what needs to be changed and what technology can make that happen.

All the work that organizations like Practical Action and Prochorus do, are leading the way for an extreme poverty free world. This is a global issue that faces a lot of countries around the world. We need a solution and we need one now. As we join together we can change the face of poverty. This blog has shown me how far we have come in eradicating poverty yet how far there is still to go in this fight. Join with me and others in order to change the lives of those who are living on less than $10 a day by getting involved in a organization that was previously mentioned.

Help people like this child today. This picture is from here.

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Innovation

This is the key word when considering the role of technology in impoverished nations. Innovation is “the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices of methods” (Merriam-Webster). Innovation is important in every aspect of technology be it for computers or water purifying technology. People often lose sight that technology is greater than what our minds think of it. We must open our minds in order for innovation to truly succeed and for poverty to be a thing of the past.

Innovation can come from the simplest of places. It is just finding a new and better way to do an every day task. This is key in poverty because it is the little things that will change people’s lives. The innovation can be done by those outside the community but it is best achieved when it is done from within. This is because they know the problems that need to be fixed. What needs to be provided in order to enhance this type of thinking are groups that sole purpose is to come up with innovative ways to think of old problems.

One example of innovative thinking comes from Malawi. William Kamkwamba realized that there was an energy problem in his community. With that knowledge and his passion to learn, he checked out a book from the library on energy. After reading the book, he wanted to build his own windmill in his community. He did not have the materials necessary to build a traditional windmill so he got untraditional materials including PVC pipe and a bicycle frame. His windmill powered four lightbulbs and cell phones (End Poverty Now). It is innovating thinking like this from within a community that will change their world and end poverty. Traditional thinking needs to be thrown out the door in order to end global poverty one community at a time.

Taken from End Poverty Now.