Poverty Links for More Information

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There are many, many complex issues concerning poverty. To find out more, some places to start are include the following links. They also provide even more resources and links to other organizations too.

  • The Institute for Economic Democracy1 has some excellent research and in-depth analysis into the histories that have led to the current disparities between the developing nations and the developed nations. This is a must check out site!
  • From OneWorld2:
    • They have many Guides, for example on the following issues:
      • Development3
      • Ethical Consumers4
      • IMF and World Bank5
      • Poverty6
      • Structural Adjustment Policy7
      • United Nations8
      • World Trade Organization9
    • OneWorld TV10 provides some innovative documentaries on line.
  • For a number of years now, the Jubilee 2000 campaign has raised many issues in to the mainstream. While their goal of canceling unpayable debts by 2000 has passed, the issues they raised and the awareness they created made their campaign a huge success. While they are now Jubilee Plus, their Jubilee 2000 web site still has a lot of important information. Some of their sites and related projects include the following:
    • The Drop the Debt11 campaign.
    • The Jubilee Research12 web site that continues on from where Jubilee 2000 left off.
    • The New Economics Foundation13 providing more extensive and deeper research into social, environmental and economic issues, beyond just debt relief.
  • The Bretton Woods Project14, in their own words, works to monitor and reform the World Bank and IMF. It tracks key policy statements and reports, and provides critiques and early warnings used by non-governmental organisations across the world.
  • Food First; The Institute for Food and Development Policy15 work to highlight root causes and value-based solutions to hunger and poverty around the world, with a commitment to establishing food as a fundamental human right as they mention in their own words. It is a very good site with many informative articles and resources.
  • The Third World Network16 is, in their own words, an independent non-profit international network of organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North-South issues. They have great sections on trade, the WTO, economics, development, human rights and so on, from a developing nation perspective. They are worth checking out.
  • Focus on the Global South17 aims to consciously and consistently articulate, link and develop greater coherence between local community-based and national, regional and global paradigms of change. Focus on the Global South strives to create a distinct and cogent link between development at the grassroots and the macro levels. A site with many resources and publications from the perspectives of developing nations, written by many distinguished scholars and others from various Southern countries.
  • Oxfam International18 is an alliance of independent non-governmental organizations committed to fighting poverty and related injustice around the world. They have a lot of information, campaigns and research papers on their web sites.
  • 50 Years Is Enough19 has an interesting set of factsheets about the IMF and World Bank20.
  • The Guardian Newspaper’s21 look at Debt22
  • ID21 Research and Reporting Service23 from the UK has a lot of articles and research papers on the whole issue of development.
  • The November 199624 issue of New Internationalist Magazine is devoted to the Poverty of Aid.

    Did you know that it would cost six billion dollars a year, on top of what is already spent, to put every child in school by the year 2000? That is an enormous sum. Yet it is less than one per cent of what the world spends every year on weapons, as this report on the State of the World25 mentioned in 1997 (see the January/February edition26 of New International Magazine for more on this).

  • The BBC’s Special Report on the Burden of Debt27 is worth looking at. They have some interesting reports and case studies.
  • Comic Relief28 in the UK is a huge annual even that attempts to raise money and awareness on the issue of poverty. It involves many showbiz celebrities such as comedians, talk show hosts and pop stars all involved in a weekend event. They have raised millions of pounds.
  • This impressive entry29 into the ThinkQuest 99 contest, called The Beggar’s Hand; the Plight of Poverty. It has some detailed information worth checking out.
  • United Nation30 Links:
    • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP31). In particular:
      • UNDP Poverty Home Page32
      • Poverty Report 200033
      • The Human Development Reports34 provide a thorough analysis of major human development issues and indications.
    • The Progress of Nations, 199835 report from UNICEF36 is a detailed compilation of information and statistics that measure how developed a nation is with regards to the state of the children rather than the state of the economy.
    • The World Food Program37.
    • Remember LiveAid? NetAid38 is a similar project and they aim for it to be the largest Internet collaboration of its kind. It has a decent set of information a concert culminated October 9, 1999. It doesn’t seem to go in too much historical detail and root causes of poverty, but it serves a worthy purpose and does provide additional perspectives, some of which have not been looked into detail on the global issues poverty sections but are provided here.
  • The World Development Movement39 provides many resources and articles on a number of issues related to poverty and trade.
  • The Reality of Aid40 provides an independent review of poverty reduction and development assistance.
  • The Study of Global Problems and the Culture of Captialism41 web site, by Richard H. Robbins of New York State University provides a vast source of readings and research on a number of topics.
  • The Development Gap42 is an organization that since 1976, has worked to ensure that the knowledge, priorities and efforts of the women and men of the South inform decisions made in the North about their economies and the environments in which they live. Through its collaboration with citizens’ organizations overseas, The Development GAP is able to demonstrate practical alternatives to prevailing policies and programs.
  • The Simultaneous Policy43 (SP) is, as they say a new global politics of international community and consensus based on ... a lifestyle more compatible with Nature and human nature ... representing the recognition that sustainability can be achieved only with the co-operation and unity of all peoples. SP is a means through which individuals, political parties, nation states can make the vital transition from international competition to global co-operation within the existing framework of current world politics and international relations. By reconciling the current demands of international competition with the future target of the peaceful, economically, environmentally secure world we all desire. SP provides a practical way of achieving the consensus needed to reach that target. SP is a world policy consisting of a range of measures to be implemented by all nations simultaneously — by consensus.
  • Globalization Challenge Initiative44, a project of the Tides Center supports the efforts of citizen’s groups in developing and transition countries to promote national development alternatives to the prescriptions of foreign creditors and donors. Many articles and other resources are available at their site, which looks at various IMF and World Bank policies, such as structural adjustment.
  • The World Bunk45 web site combines satire and information on World Bank issues.
  • Why a Third World?46 from Oxfam Community Aid Abroad explores the reasons for poverty in developing communities.
  • PovertyMap47 has links to many web sites, lots of data and much more.
  • The Hunger Project48 is an organization and global movement committed to the sustainable end of world hunger.
  • Odious Debt49 is a web site with a lot of legal information and other resources challenging the legitimacy and legality of Third World debt.
  • Povertymap.net50 analyses and maps the spatial distribution of poverty, producing poverty maps to show linkages between poverty and food insecurity, the environment and development

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Causes of Poverty

Poverty is the state for the majority of the world’s people and nations. Why is this? Is it enough to blame poor people for their own predicament? Have they been lazy, made poor decisions, and been solely responsible for their plight? What about their governments? Have they pursued policies that actually harm successful development? Such causes of poverty and inequality are no doubt real. But deeper and more global causes of poverty are often less discussed.

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