Poverty Alleviation We may know the way, but do we have the will?
What do the Clinton Global Initiative, the UN Millennium Goals Project, hurricane Katrina and the most recent devastating earthquake in Pakistan all have in common? Each one reminds us how prevalent poverty is in the world and how many people out there are needlessly getting caught in the political, cultural and ecological crossfire because of it.
Poverty is a disease. It is one that causes societies to crumble and people to lose all hope. According to the Canadian National Council on Welfare, no one can really measure the costs of poverty, but “There are many indicators, from low birth-weight babies and increased illness to lower labor force participation to family disintegration and young lives lost to homicide or suicide.”