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Poverty & Inequality

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More than 1.4 billion people live in poverty so extreme that they can barely survive, and around 25,000 people die from hunger each day whilst a new billionaire is created every second day. The call for a global safety net has never been so urgent - and compels the international community to transform economic priorities and guarantee the universal securing of basic human needs.

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Children and Economic Growth

While economic growth can be a powerful tool for lifting people out of poverty, increases in GDP often fail to trickle down to much of the population. Alternative measures of well-being are required to ensure issues such as inequality and redistribution are put on the development agenda, say Save the Children.

Rethinking Jeffrey Sachs: New Proposals for the End of Poverty

Jeffrey Sachs' influential proposals for ending poverty lack an acknowledgement of the ongoing plunder of Africa’s resources by corporations and governments. To tackle impoverishment, development assistance must focus on justice rather than aid, argues Jason Hickel.

The 'Old' Evils of Poverty, Hunger and Inequality

Growing global inequality presents a major obstacle in the fight against poverty. Redistributing resources more fairly requires a greater cooperation between governments that eschews the current ‘cut-throat’ nature of international free trade competition, says Justin Frewen.

Official Launch of ‘Megaslumming’ in Nairobi, Kenya

The official launch of the STWR publication ‘Megaslumming’ took place in Nairobi on 20th January 2010 with around 200 people attending a panel discussion and public debate at the National Museum of Kenya.

Rethinking Poverty Reduction

Upward trends in inequality and hunger call into question conventional approaches to poverty reduction. Rather than depending on deregulated markets to encourage growth, governments should take a central role in promoting sustainable economic development, argues a report by UNDESA.

The End of Poverty? Expert Panel Discussion at UK Screening

Expert panellists and film director Philippe Diaz discuss the structural causes of poverty and suggest possible solutions at the UK premiere of ‘The End of Poverty?’ on 12th December 2009. The event was coordinated by STWR and the British Film Institute (BFI).

100 People Every Minute Pushed Into Poverty by the Economic Crisis

Poor countries across the globe are struggling to respond to the global recession that continues to slash incomes, destroy jobs and has helped push the total number of hungry people in the world above 1 billion, writes Oxfam.

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