Poverty has not only blighted communities to hopelessness, but it has also proved to be the main stunting menace to growth in the whole globe. There is thus a concerted effort from all world entities towards the fight against global poverty. At the international arena the UN (United Nations) has formulated eight poverty-fighting goals which upon endorsement in the September UN Summit in New York, would provide money-making opportunities and save the lives of the world’s poorest countries (Samuelson 1).
The summit will prepare an outline with distinct actions for all governments that will produce real results over the next 5 years. The plan must fight corruption, create new jobs, empower women, improve access to education and healthcare, and increase investment opportunities (Cline 95). The summit would produce a new set of commitments based on mutual accountability and rapport between donors and the developing world.
The World Wide United Foundation (a non-governmental organization) boasts of guaranteeing the basic human necessities to every human born into the world. Key among the strategies of this foundation is its oversight role in pursuing the enactment of international laws on political accountability (Root 39). One of the officers in this organization cites that we have international laws that govern violent crimes and ‘crimes against humanity’ yet being impoverished, homeless, unhealthy, cold and naked is not considered a crime for which those in leadership positions should be held accountable.
He challenges the international community to enact laws that categorizes the misuse of power ‘which leads to poverty’ as a crime against humanity. He assures that with strict penalties, the enforcement of this international law would ensure a transparent and just leadership (Lodge 97). He also suggests that the adoption of a worldwide health insurance would go a long way in availing quality health care to the poor. A human rights activist says that the main task at hand is to enlighten the public concerning their rights. He asserts that an enlightened citizenry would exercise its democratic right by voting for government officials who would air the plight of the poor. He believes that an informed citizenry would unite to demand for their rights from a corrupt political system. He emphatically challenged charitable organizations not to follow the course of the government, by allowing themselves to be hindered by complex bureaucracies engineered by those who seek to gain from the weak ones (Deen 1). A senator did admit that poverty levels are on the upward trend, attributing this to the complexity of the challenge of poverty.
He, however, appreciated the current mechanisms which are in place to reduce poverty levels. He said that better social policies had been drawn by the senate to address the issue, exemplified by the stimulus package bill which has proved to be effective. A community resident attributes the suffering of the poor to the existing bureaucratic system of governance which does not consider the plight of the poor. He claims that the poor suffer the most (are lowly rewarded), yet, they usually work the hardest in mines and fields. He claimed that these peasants are the backbone of our economy and the professional world cannot do without them. The preceding random test was fairly reliable and it is quite evident that the challenge of poverty is multifaceted; it thus does call for a concerted effort from all global, national and regional entities in addressing it. The persistence of poverty can be attributed to poor governance and ignorance. Poverty erodes human happiness and leads to societal vices such as crime, terrorism, prostitution and ultimately death.
A sustainable economic development can be achieved through: just governance, equitable distribution of resources, empowering the citizenry and providing the basic necessities of life to the citizens.
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