Economic Growth Alone Won’t End Poverty
In a recent article, Yuba Nath Lamsal describes Nepal’s commitment to meet the UN’s MDGs. In it, she makes a very valuable point about global poverty which I now quote:
“Faster economic growth is a key to reducing poverty. However, economic growth alone does not reduce or alleviate poverty which has been the case in several Asian and African countries. The fair and judicious distribution of wealth and guarantee of equal access to resources for all along with people-focused policies are necessary for sustainable development and poverty reduction.”
We need to realize the truth of the above statement, and act accordingly. More than not, poverty, hunger, and homelessness results from unfair distribution of resources, not a lack of resources. Indeed, as a global community, we have more than enough food for everyone in the world, and we have the resources and technology to deliver the food to everyone. Similarly, we have more than enough resources for everyone to have clothes, shelter, healthcare, and education.
We need to change the social, economic, and political structures, in such a way that everyone has access to food, clothes, shelter, education, and healthcare. We can do this by eliminating the non-meritocratic constraints of the status quo, in which social class determines a person’s success, rather than the person’s character.
About Scott Hughes
I created this website to raise awareness and start discussion on important issues like world hunger and poverty. I also published the book Holding Fire: Short Stories of Self-Destruction. I have two of my own kids who I love so much. I just want to be a good role model for them. I hope what I do here makes them proud of me. Please let me know you think about the post by leaving a comment below!