News Selection – Global Poverty
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Global Poverty.
No time to slow down while HIV/AIDS is threatening a new generation
27/7/2018: UNICEF's senior HIV/AIDS executive identifies heroes in the 30-year fight against the epidemic, whilst predicting that West and Central Africa will become the region with the highest number of new HIV infections by 2050. Source: Inter Press Service.
Tread Softly Comment: It's worrying that Dr Chewe Luo is writing about projections of HIV infection in 2050 when the Sustainable Development Goals include a target to end the epidemic of AIDS by 2030. Also alarming is her statement that "HIV/AIDS is not under control in West and Central Africa," with the unstated inference that this region has not replicated the leadership on HIV seen in Southern Africa, essential to inspire behaviour change. Relevant Briefing: Should We Care About Poverty?
The end of AIDS is not even nearly in sight, experts warn
20/7/2018: Leading experts warn against complacency in the fight against HIV and AIDS, as new data published ahead of the 22nd International AIDS Conference shows minimal progress. Source: Devex
Tread Softly Comment: As part of the Sustainable Development Goals, governments have signed up to the target to end the epidemic of AIDS by 2030. This entails an interim target of reducing the number of new annual infections below 0.5 million by 2020. In 2017, new infections totalled 1.8 million, only a small improvement on the previous year and still more than half the number when the epidemic was at its peak. Hence the disturbing headline. Relevant Briefing: Should we Care about Poverty
Ghana's booming economy fails to reach the poor
24/6/2018: Ghana is the fastest growing economy in Africa but a UN Rapporteur finds that the rich are getting richer, while a high proportion of the population continues to live in 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.