How Close Are We To Ending World Poverty?



IN 2000, THE UNITED NATIONS SET OUT A SERIES OF EIGHT GOALS to be met by 2015: the Millennium Development Goals. Now, with only five years left to achive those goals, the U.N is meeting to review progress at a summit taking place in New York from September 20-22.

This is the first in a series of posts examining each of the eight Millennium Development Goals. First up: poverty.



Goal #1: to halve the proportion of people whose income is less than $1 a day

So how close are we to ending world poverty? The share of those in developing nations living in extreme poverty is expected to fall to 15 percent by 2015, down from 46 percent in 1990. These gains are due to recent growth in China and India. But that leaves nearly a billion undernourished people today. That number is simply unacceptable.

What will you do today to help end global poverty?


Stand Up Against Poverty is a grassroots movement promoting three days of events to bring attention to poverty eradication. Registration for an event near you is now open.

The Global Poverty Project urges people to make small actions to bring about the end of poverty in one generation.


“Millennium News” is an MDG-themed newscast put together by teens in Nairobi:

7 Blogs Every Humanitarian Should Follow

World Humanitarian Day was designated in 2009 by the U.N. to increase public awareness about humanitarian assistance activities worldwide.

In her piece for the U.N. Dispatch, Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, writes, “Humanitarian work and human rights are inextricably entwined. It is very often abuse of human rights that causes humanitarian crises in the first place. And without humanitarian aid, the basic human rights of millions of people – including the right to seek asylum from persecution, the right to education, and, most fundamental of all, the right to life – would be denied.”

Humanitarian aid is often mixed up in the tangled world of aid and development, and these blogs by people-on-the-ground keep you informed.

Here are 7 blogs every humanitarian should follow:

ReliefWeb A one-stop site for news, crisis and emergency updates, and policy and funding analysis.

Wronging Rights No-nonsense analysis-by-way-of-skepticism and humor, exemplified by the site’s weekly feature, “WTF Fridays.”

Blood and Milk About international development programs written by an insider.

AidSource Real-time stories about being part of the “humanitarian aid industry.”

Wait…What? Technologies and social media ideas from an NGO worker who previously worked in El Salvador in the 90s.

From Poverty to Power A blog that aims to provoke debate and conversations about development, with fact-filled charts and graphs.

Owen Abroad Thoughts on development and aid transparency from a development professional based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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