poverty

While many people are enjoying a holiday and celebrating Columbus Day, we encourage you to examine what Columbus Day really honors.  Columbus Day celebrates an exploitative European who made a career off of brutally enslaving Indigenous people in the Caribbean.  This explorer’s discovery was the first in a long, tragic series of events in which…

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Recently Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, applauded the 15-year global push to meet the Millennium Development Goals on poverty, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, disease, the environment and global partnership. Amidst such praised effort, he cautioned that the world is still riven with inequality, something that is well-documented by a new UN…

Read more Answering the global poverty eradication question

By Charles Kwuelum In recent years, there has been a shift in conversation about development goals. The shift from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals evokes contextual reflections regarding the actualization of such a ‘mega’ dream. Knowing that the eight mapped MDGs will soon expire and be replaced by the emerging seventeen SDGs, I…

Read more Ending extreme poverty and hunger

We cannot underestimate the astronomical growth of the world’s population. It is only necessary and inevitable to ask questions around securing the future of food production, its distribution, and its consumption in order to ascertain sustainability of the universe. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s report last year indicates that about 805 million people in the…

Read more Any hope for food security?

In a quiet farming hamlet in the northern part of Haiti, farmers were forcibly removed from fertile land to make way for a new industrial park in 2012. They were poorly compensated for their land, making it nearly impossible to continue their agricultural livelihoods. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Inter-American Development…

Read more Dignity and fair wages in Haiti

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (cbpp.org) highlighted a report which reflects on the role of government assistance in keeping individuals out of poverty or deepening poverty: Without the cash and non-cash income provided by programs such as Social Security, SNAP (formerly food stamps), and the Earned Income Tax Credit: The share of Americans…

Read more New Report Highlights the Value of Public Programs