Eradicating Poverty by 2030
What do leaders of large NGO’s, international companies and government agencies have in common? A large pool of real-time followers.
What advice would you provide to such major influences knowing that it would mean contributing towards a better system design, shaping the future by making game-changing decisions in the present; essentially, to create a sustainable world fuelled by sustainable living ?
Speaking from personal experience, any advice which is not backed by research is only as good as conversational fodder with no real substance. To give advice to the best of people and organisations, I would rely on the best of sources. Eradicating poverty has been on the to-do list of this planet’s people since more than a century (end of 20th century, to be precise). It is then comparable to that hard, unachievable task that your mind somehow tricks you into believing to be hard or even unnecessary, while psychology dictates it to be a mere mental block. The trick lies in tackling it first, even before you venture out to accomplish the other items on your agenda. Imagine my relief to then find a huge influence, the UN with a member base of 193 countries, officially adopt the sustainable development goals 2030 and put down its first agenda as eradicating poverty.
The highlights of my research that I would share with the magnanimous entities of the likes of the UN, Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, and Michelle Obama origin from the following insights:
1. Focus on creating a foundation for an economy in which the sustainable businesses aka social enterprises thrive, these are your equal opportunity providers and not the minimum wage stealers.
2. Support the on-the-ground heroes, the ones who have deep dived into the communities’ pressing problems and need monetary or policy assistance to execute the solutions successfully; these are people driving change in real time.
3. Global solutions find great relevance when customised strategically, factoring the local conditions. This is when an Egypt campaign for better hygiene finds whopping acceptance even in the Indian scenario as the “Swach Bharat Abhiyan”.
4. Upgrading the definition of poverty with changing times considering the huge impact it has on policy making, and in turn on millions of lives worldwide.
5. Emphasis on developing a measure to quantify poverty which doesn’t leave room to ignore the well-being of, in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s infamous term for the poor, “the forgotten man”.
6. Finally, not letting being too poor to be alive be an excuse to not account for the poor who lived and died in extreme poverty.
The kind of absolute poverty that nightmarish movies are made of, it steals life and leaves behind a false sense of accomplishment for the system in the form of a reduced poverty ratio.