Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Reducing Poverty

There's this article in the paper today reporting that the UN has a plan to drastically reduce extreme poverty.

"To fulfill this goal, industrialized nations would need to roughly double aid to poor countries from a quarter to a half of 1 percent of their national incomes.

"We're talking about rich countries committing 50 cents out of every $100 of income to help the poorest people in the world get a foothold on the ladder of development," said Jeffrey Sachs, a professor at Columbia University, who was appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to lead the project in 2002."


Wow! Who knew it could be that easy!

-Jean Chen


At 12:09 AM, Blogger The Green Man said...

That's the real thing, there. That's a great proposal. I don't know how we get the current administration to support it at an appropriate level, but I'd say that is one of the serious things to work for. Primary Education, basic medical assistance, and road building are all incredibly useful ways we can help people work their way out of poeverty. Of course, we're all going to be distracted by fending off these ridiculous plans to gut Social Security here at home, but this proposal is CHEAP. I give a much bigger percentage of my income than that to good causes every year. Heck, I just gave a bigger percentage of my income than that to the Red Cross International Relief Fund on a charitable whim to help tsunami victims. I don't see why the U.S., as a group, couldn't go this far. Except that Republicans think funding anything devised by the UN is a threat to our National Machismo or something. What can we do to change that perception, at least on a proposal like this one?

At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You won't get the administration nor the people to support financial aid, charity, and social welfare programs abroad because they don't support those things here.


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