Gender Roles & Status of Women in Indian Society
The role and status of women in India is a very hot issue that is passionately debated every day, as ever more women become conscious of the inequalities and bias they suffer from. All around the world, women are an untapped "resource" to fight poverty and violence. And even though their potential has been very clearly revealed time and again in difficult circumstances (world wars, independence movements) men have too often lost sight of it in times of stability.
Fragile States & Armed Conflicts: Ways Out of Instability
What foundations do we need to build to tackle instability in countries suffering from fragile states and armed conflicts? Let’s have a look at public policies and international development best practices to recover from wars and internal conflicts.
How To Find Your Passion, A Job You Love (& A Meaningful Life)
This post is an update on this beautiful, ever-evolving, chaotic project that has been POVERTIES - and what it has taught me about finding your passion(s) in life, how to find a job you love and building a meaningful life.
Poverty in China: Inequalities, Migrant Workers & Education
If extreme poverty in China is at a record low - thanks to the impressive economic development of the country since the 1990s - social tensions and mistrust in the government have never been that bad since the riots of 1989. We're nowhere near a new Tian'anmen, but the 90,000 protests and the millions of middle class Chinese who leave the country every year underline this issue.
The US Welfare System: Who Deserves Welfare?
In the history of social assistance, the US welfare state was always met with a lot of opposition, maybe more than in other advanced economies. Several decades ago, it seemed to a majority of politicians to be an unsustainable economic aberration. But many economists today affirm that wealth redistribution policies – though not always in the form of pure welfare – make sense for the greater good and to foster the capabilities of all citizens.
Poverty in the United States: Social Welfare vs the Market
In the latest 2011 report, the Census Bureau counted over 49 million people living in poverty in the United States. And the more poverty there is, the more it affects the economy and productivity. But if the economy is down, the number of jobs is shrinking too and so poverty in the US keeps on getting worse.
Poverty in Mexico: Economic Crises & 21st Century Welfare
With a GDP about the same as that of Spain, South Korea or Australia and yet a GDP per person of US$14,000 - 3 times as low as that of these countries - it's surprising to encounter so much poverty in Mexico. And yet, in the last 10 years its GDP per capita (i.e. per person) has literally doubled, so in a way things have got better. At least until the drug war broke out and the 2008 economic crisis made things more complicated.
Poverty in Latin America: Inequalities & Social Justice
The biggest characteristic of poverty in Latin America is inequality. This is mostly regarding the disproportionate income inequalities, but also inequality of access to basic services (water, electricity, education, etc…).
History of Cuba: A Story of Independence
When looking at the history of Cuba, it makes no doubt that the independence is its most important cornerstone. After centuries of colonization by different masters (Spanish, then American), the war for independence came as one of the events that forged the Cuban identity.
Poverty in Brazil, A Democracy in the Making
If extreme poverty in Brazil remains widespread, social policies introduced since the early days of democracy are slowly paying off and reducing poverty. As governments improve their strategies and increase access to education and health care, the country's economy is also taking off, offering prospects of a brighter future. However deep-seated issues such as discrimination remain a huge obstacle to solving the problem.
Poverty in America: Social Changes & Global Crises
Looking at poverty in the American continent is essential to better understand how the former colonies have evolved into radically different countries. Country by country, analyzing the social and economic paths taken, we can see the effects of discrimination, land ownership, wealth distribution & corruption.
Poverty in South Africa: Resisting Globalization & Inequalities
The fight against poverty in South Africa is actually written in the country's own Constitution, to be carried out via social assistance. While it's certainly not the first time that a constitution doesn't match reality - it tends to be an expression of a nation's ideals - in this case, it is quite far off that picture.
Poverty in Nigeria: Rich Country, Poor People
Poverty in Nigeria has been a problem for more than 50% of the population in the past 10 years, with surges over 60%. In 1980 however a little less than 30% of Nigerians were living below the poverty line.
Causes of Poverty in Africa: Lost Continent or Land of Opportunities?
Decade after decade, politicians and international organizations have failed to tackle poverty in Africa. Nor have they been able to help generate growth or build basic infrastructure. Between 1975 and 2000 it was the only place on earth where poverty has intensified. Since then things have been changing - and fast - but some countries still struggle more than others.
Chronic Food Crisis: Can We Feed Everyone on Earth?
The issue of global food crisis started in the 2000s and is bound to plague millions more as long as the causes of the problem aren’t tackled.Considering the estimations of the world population growth, experts think that we’ll need to produce twice more food in 2050 than we were at the beginning of the century.
What is Poverty? The Stakes of a Good Definition
An accurate definition of poverty is crucial to help organisations and governments understand which citizens and communities are most in need. Understanding what poverty is also helps us identify new and growing problems in our increasingly complex societies, such as social exclusion, mental health, violence or drug abuse.
Effects of Poverty on Society, Health, Children and Violence
Issues like hunger, illness and thirst are both causes and effects of poverty. Not having access to water means that you are poor, and being poor also means that you may not be able to afford water or food either. In other words, poor health, lack of water or housing, child abuse or violence fuel a cycle of poverty in which so many end up trapped for life.
Poverty and Crime: Breaking the Vicious Cycle
Poverty and crime have a very "intimate" relationship that has been described by experts from all fields, from sociologists to economists. The UN and the World Bank both rank crime high on the list of obstacles to a country’s development.
Family poverty & the feminisation of poverty
This article is a complement to our series on women in poverty, focusing mostly on developing countries, we'll look here at a more general picture of family poverty around the world. What challenges families face, the causes of poverty in children and women as well as the role of governments in helping them... or in making things worse.
Don't Ban Child Labour, Tackle Poverty Instead
There is an estimated 200 million children forced to work across the globe - 1 in 5 children worldwide. That’s without taking into account the other 150 million considered “economically active”, working part time jobs, sometimes just to help out a bit their families, sometimes because they don't have a choice.