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Poverty and hunger

Despite global progress in tackling poverty, hunger and disease, a “new generation of inequalities” indicates that many societies are not working as they should, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) argues in its latest report.  The 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) states that just as the gap in basic living...
The following publication by Rok Kralj gives an advanced proposal for sharing the world’s resources to alleviate the major crises threatening our civilisation. First written in Slovenian and now translated into English, it attempts to envision a new international mechanism for ensuring that everyone on Earth has their...
Financing social protection systems that are both adequate and sustainable is not a fantasy. There are a number of measures that governments can take to raise the resources needed, writes Evelyn Astor for Equal Times. During the week of 25 November, senior government officials, social partners, civil society...
Do we really understand what ‘sharing’ means in its totality? For humanity has done everything but actually put into practice a just and equitable redistribution of the food and resources of the world, so that no-one need go without. By Marc Gregory.  Sharing. An elementary vocabulary word which most people...
Less than 10% of EU aid money reaches the countries where it is most needed, according to a study that found levels of assistance had dropped for the second year running. The EU and its member states remain the biggest development donor group in the world – investing €71.9bn (£61bn) in 2018, more than half of global...
  In einer zunehmend ungleichen und nicht nachhaltigen Welt müssen die Regierungen dringend die restriktiven politischen und wirtschaftlichen Ideologien der Vergangenheit überwinden und Lösungen finden, die den gemeinsamen Bedürfnissen der Menschen in allen Ländern gerecht werden. Dieser Leitfaden skizziert das...
Research makes explicit the link between ending extreme poverty and inequality: even a relatively small amount of re-allocation of the world’s resources could end the injustice of extreme poverty in a world of plenty, writes Danny Sriskandarajah. To those of us working in international development, the principle...
The climate crisis is driving alarming levels of hunger in the world, undermining food security in the world’s most vulnerable regions, according to this year’s global hunger index. The annual report, a ranking of 117 countries measuring hunger rates and trends, shows progress since 2000 but warns that the world...
With one-third of food produced for human consumption lost or wasted, and millions still going hungry, the UN’s food-related agencies are shining a spotlight on the issue. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have published its annual State of Food and Agriculture report with findings that could lead to a...
About 100 million Americans are effectively hidden by official poverty statistics, yet enough revenue could be raised from fair taxes to completely eliminate poverty in the United States, writes Karen Dolan. New U.S. Census data shows a slight decrease in official poverty in 2018, but it also hides a darker...
Every dollar of public money financing US militarism abroad is a dollar that could fight hunger, homelessness, or climate change, writes Medea Benjamin for openDemocracy.  On August 21, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, put out a heartbreaking call for nations to make good on their...
If we recouped the annual global revenue losses due to multinational tax avoidance, we could literally eliminate extreme income poverty around the world by giving $2 a day to the 650 million people currently living under the international poverty line of $1.90 a day. By Alex Cobham for Truthout. International tax...
The World Bank claims poverty is decreasing around the world but UN research shows it depends on what you measure. If we are serious about reducing poverty, we need to start by properly identifying it. The World Bank has repeatedly claimed that extreme poverty is on the decline. In its Poverty and Shared Prosperity...
We are currently running a postcard campaign in the United States, and invite you to join us with the smallest effort and expense. The aim is to send a continuous stream of postcards—signed by members of the public with a short personal message—to progressive individuals and groups who are already highlighting social...
Global hunger has increased for a third consecutive year, with more than 821 million people suffering from chronic starvation driven by conflict and climate change, a United Nations report found. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 report launched at a high-level political forum in the UN’s...