News Selection – Global Poverty
Recent international news and analysis chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Global Poverty.
Bhutan to graduate from being a Least Developed Country
4/5/2018: The secretary of Bhutan's Gross National Happiness Commission discusses the pros and cons of the country's scheduled graduation from its status as a Least Developed Country
Social Safety Nets Help Millions Escape Poverty
4/4/2018: A new World Bank report provides. clear evidence that social safety net programs are making a substantial impact in the global fight against poverty
How is poverty changing for higher poverty lines?
5/3/2018: The interactive chart tool at the end of this article is an excellent resource. Change the region to sub-Saharan Africa and note that extreme poverty numbers have barely changed since 1990.
Intellectual Property Regime Undermines Global Justice
13/2/2018: Developing countries resent the intellectual property regime that has been imposed on them following the establishment of the World Trade Organization. This review examines how powerful corporate lobbies have influenced the rules.
The first generation in history that can end poverty - again
1/12/2017: The new UK Secretary of State for International Development has declared that we have the power to eradicate poverty that previous generations did not. Owen Barder finds similar political insight dating back several generations..
Comic Relief film condemned as poverty porn by aid watchdog
4/12/2017: Three films made for Comic Relief and the Disasters Emergencies Committee in the UK are simply reinforcing white saviour stereotypes, is the verdict of the 2017 Radi-Aid awards.
Aid given in cash improves health and education
17/11/2017: Cash transfers to help poor households provoke criticism of foreign aid but research supports the idea that cash with no strings attached can improve health and increase school attendance.
Is inequality going up or down?
2/11/2017: Oxfam has identified the growing gap between rich and poor and the impact of high inequality as a serious crisis. But measuring inequality is notoriously difficult. Here is a summary of alternative approaches.
264 million children have no access to school
25/10/2017: As part of monitoring progress for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNESCO reports that over 260 million children across the world have no access to education.
To Eliminate Poverty, Better Understanding Needed
18/10/2017: Latest World Bank data suggests that 767 million people, or 10.7% of the world’s population, live in extreme poverty, compared to 42% of the world’s population in 1981. How reliable are these statistics?