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What will it take …to improve your life? …for your children to be better off?  …for mothers to be healthy? …for all to get a good education? …to end poverty? More than 1.3 billion people around the globe live on less than $1.25 a day. Fighting poverty in times of crisis may be challenging, but we can’t take our eyes off the most vulnerable.

In this video, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim asks, “What Will It Take?” Post your questions on Twitter using #whatwillittake, and share your solutions with the hashtag #ittakes.

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Bright Elorm Doviavu
January 08, 2013

Investing in infrustructure throughout the agribusiness proces and finacing agriculture to be the major business of developing countries will minimize regret but maximize certaintainty of world bank in its quest of poverty reduction in the world. there should be a well maped out plan to invest heavily in agriculture in developing countries because, they will be more efficient in the area of agiculture and will ensure food security and so reduce poverty in the long run. however this should be done with focus on contigency centred approah where each country is placed within its strength within the agribusiness cycle. Thank for the opportunity

January 20, 2013

according to the situation all over countries suffer from this issue ,i have some ideas to reduce rate of poverty :
1. fight corruption by creating an defective M&E system
2.all organization that working in special field must coordinate with each other so to avoid duplication
3. more care about base education (not office buildings) but training teachers and logistic needs for students
4. increasing and updating researches about labour market needs to design universities or training centers according to it
5. Establish & empower CBOs to reach grassroots without many (brokers)

Mr Haider Hussain
March 17, 2013

End poverty??




Shilpa Deo
May 20, 2013

<p>The poor people should be provided education which is the only way to gain skills and thereby better employment opportunities. It is one way through which we can help them to come out of poverty, Another way can be to provide them with health facilities in case of illness so that they are not vulnerable to poverty in case of severe illness.</p>

Torsten Sugus
August 12, 2013

<p>It'll take a potato machine...</p>
<p>We use technology for maximizing profit and over productivity, but we fail at letting it ease the production of basic nutritional needs. If we have the technology for space exploration, we have to have the potential to automate the production of a nutritional baseline (potatoes, carrots...).</p>
<p>Initial investments would have to be made, for the technology to be implemented; but the it would be cheap to maintain (I'd be very happy to help for charity, thus so would others), and we'd have maximized productivity, as we do in the monetary world. Money would theoretically be of no issue, as machines need no salary. Designing technology also means considering efficiency, thus using as little finite resources as possible.</p>
<p>Imagine what we could do, if we put as much motivation into fighting poverty, as we put in making profit. Profit has made something as big as the industrialization happen. All this could have been used to ease everybody's lives in stead.</p>
<p>Freeing the poor from hunger is possible, if we put our minds into it; but eliminating poverty in the monetary sense is impossible, as long as we live in our competition driven monetary realm. Who doesn't want to win?</p>

August 01, 2013

<p>Agriculture was identified in the 2008 World Bank Development Report to be 4 times more effective at moving rural people out of poverty than other options.</p>

Richard O'Farrell
May 14, 2019

Yes, it's all about Caring about other People. And many do Care. Indeed I believe that, deep down, Care is a primal response within everyone - towards our children, the elderly in our family and wider community, towards someone in our family or friends being ill, or towards the hungry, the homeless or struggling to cope financially. People care, and show care, in many big and small ways.

Even those suffering from 'willful blindness and selective deafness', those who like to quote that old mantra: "The poor will always be with us" never bring themseves to say that 'Poverty is unavoidable'. Its a scar on the face of humanity - taking away the dignity of other human beings, leading to the death of 22,000 children every day according to UNICEF, and often being the underlying cause of suicides, other illnesses and generally poor quality of life for many in society. We all know a better way than this. Forget relying soley on the technology, though we must use it - but this ought to be all about people, first and foremost.

And, yes, it will take a dedicated, committed Organisation to End Poverty. So lets imagine what kind of Organisation that will be? Undoubtedly, it will be a different kind of Organisation from any that exists right today. It will certainly be a worldwide Organisation of and for the Coping Classes....the Unemployed, the Low Income Earners, the Less Well Educated and the Ageing populations. It will revolve around Care, and Caring. It will be owned by its Community Members, reflecting their values, their language and their culture. They will share in its profits. It will probably be a worldwide Cooperative Society, with people 'putting their heads together' for common cause. It will focus on education, income generation and microfinance. It will empower people, give them a voice that is heard and heeded. They will work together and together they change the way it is. They will become the change they wish to see in their they learn to live the life they'd love to live for themselves and leave a better way of life their children. Everybody in that kind of Society will win. Small changes in can and do make a big difference. And it only takes one Community to start to make it happen.

Richard O'Farrell
May 14, 2019

Yes, it's all about Caring about other People. And many do Care. Indeed I believe that, deep down, Care is a primal response within everyone - towards our children, the elderly in our family and wider community, towards someone in our family or friends being ill, or towards the hungry, the homeless or struggling to cope financially. People care, and show care, in many big and small ways.

Even those suffering from 'willful blindness and selective deafness', those who like to quote that old mantra: "The poor will always be with us" never bring themseves to say that 'Poverty is unavoidable'. Its a scar on the face of humanity - taking away the dignity of other human beings, leading to the death of 22,000 children every day according to UNICEF, and often being the underlying cause of suicides, other illnesses and generally poor quality of life for many in society. We all know a better way than this. Forget relying soley on the technology, though we must use it - but this ought to be all about people, first and foremost.

And, yes, it will take a dedicated, committed Organisation to End Poverty. So lets imagine what kind of Organisation that will be? Undoubtedly, it will be a different kind of Organisation from any that exists right today. It will certainly be a worldwide Organisation of and for the Coping Classes....the Unemployed, the Low Income Earners, the Less Well Educated and the Ageing populations. It will revolve around Care, and Caring. It will be owned by its Community Members, reflecting their values, their language and their culture. They will share in its profits. It will probably be a worldwide Cooperative Society, with people 'putting their heads together' for common cause. It will focus on education, income generation and microfinance. It will empower people, give them a voice that is heard and heeded. They will work together and together they change the way it is. They will become the change they wish to see in their they learn to live the life they'd love to live for themselves and leave a better way of life their children. Everybody in that kind of Society will win. Small changes in can and do make a big difference. And it only takes one Community to start to make it happen.

February 01, 2014

<p>Create/Supporting local initiatives, by sharing and provision of know-how and best practices from around the world using ICT and multimedia contents prepared and translated in world languages workable on internet, mobile phones...</p>
<p>Specially empowering, those who are below poverty line in how to be productive, supportive and sustainable within their own communities and environment. How to fight corruption individually and collectively, how to become part of the decision making process peacefully. </p>
<p>Collectively punish the corruption by using initiative like</p>

November 18, 2015

<p>Abolish the World Bank that enslaves the poor and poor countries with debt which destroys job creation/economies.</p>

Camilo Azcarate
September 19, 2012

The capacity of societies and groups to reach consensus and collaborate towards common goals is what gets them out of poverty. Societies that lose that capacity, also lose ground.

This capacity is knowledge that can be created, improved and transfered (or it can be lost). This requires investing in the institutions, the processes and the people that make it possible.

Steven San Lucas
September 18, 2012

Eradication of poverty worldwide is pretty simple! It is necessary to create a worldwide organization like the ( world bank ) , but with the difference that it would take seriously all analysis and data in every country you are in charge to give help by getting a group of researchers to fly to this countries and make sure people in need get the necessary help making sure this group is with the best security to get their job done any where they would go to
Can’t just keep playing by the all rules of dictatorships and organizations to help this people, when in reality they would not help the people in need, but instead their self and their group or organizations! and is being happening for decades and I believe it is time for someone that want to make a difference to take a better approach to this horrendous acts of malice envy and selfishness.
Organizing a data system with the help of the government in the country of your choice to make the deference and analyze their possibilities on a daily basis! Search and analyze and investigate their status and their possibilities they have with their kids to go to school and alimentations
Create within the organization a work program with the help of your local government and the help from the ( world bank ) and if there is no possibilities to get help from their government? get a special program to help this areas in need.
Work programs would be dedicated to give classes and instruction to mothers and fathers to learn new skill and get their certification and place them in work areas making sure their new work placement works with their expectations and give them psychological therapy in case of need
Making sure this people get the help they need is so important because will be working with people that have good mental and physical conditions, I mean are not drug addicts.
Would make a good asset to our economic development and reestablish freedom and the promise of democracy eradicating hate and malicious groups and also would get the right security worldwide.
It is necessary to teach the poor basic skills like cash management skill communication skills and psychological skill to get ahead in life.
Also is necessary to make sure they are aware of preventing pregnancy
Teenage pregnancy and adult pregnancy needs to be educated in these areas, their psychological program needs to go deep on their awareness and their knowledge about bringing a child to misery? I am not saying if they are poor they must not have a baby but they must understand it is ridiculous to bring 4 or 5 baby’s in really poor conditions were they lack of water food and electricity.
I am a firm believer that if we all want a better future for all kids and adults that are suffering from antagonizing poverty? Is necessary to take a better approach and work diligently to analyze and dismantle all the organizations that are under control of these issues and better manage the cash flow in these entities and you will see how much you have to get the job done.

saubhagya kala
September 19, 2012







Hal Z Zhao
September 19, 2012

Greater development, implementation; and even more importantly, management of technology (including technological systems) is exactly what it'll take to rid the world of poverty.

September 19, 2012

The Leaders and Politicians must have a 100% change in their thinking, methodology, and MUST be sincere for poverty to actually END. Government must have a robust economic plan for her citizenry and implementation of such plan should be taken very serious. Government should tackle the macro economic issues of Political Stability, Unemployment, Inflation, etc and made available social goods such as infrastructures: Energy/Roads/Water/Health/Education/Housing, etc. Having put all of these in place by a sincere Government/Leadership, then people will be able to align themselves with the dream and future plan of Government, and the dreaded word known as ``poverty`` will surely pass by as a phase. Sincerity of Leadership is key in all of these.

jack Silverman
September 20, 2012

You to reorganize capitalism to extract a "take out" of some ten or fifteen percent of the wealth of the developed countries, and distribute it on a per-capita basis to the bottom billion or so persons each of whom would get an "entitlement" to a fair share. You cannot get the wealth to them through normal trade means; it will never happen.
Instead, you create a new stage for capitalism, where most of the products are still produced for normal trade but some ten or fifteen percent or more of the produce is removed from normal trade and put into a distribution system.

The main challenge then becomes fair distribution of this extracted set of products, presumably mostly things like food and medicine. The recipients are freed from the usual expectation that they have to somehow earn money to buy these things with. The goods are supplied without any expectation.

I have developed this idea in my own thinking. There are three conditions: the goods must be distributed equally to all who qualify for their share; the goods must respect the culture (no giving pork to Muslims, for example) and be non-harmful to the culture receiving; giving the goods must not harm the environment.

September 20, 2012

Fighting poverty requires serious efforts and commitment to tackle the underlying cause(s) of the problem, the conditions that perpetuate poverty and a fundamental change in human behavior. Our society is what it is due to our own human interventions and the drive to act the way we do.

For the poor man, it is about deprivation, for the rich man, it is about exploitation, for the political leader, it is about greed, for the community, it is about survival.

What will it take to change the way we behave? Both the rich and poor have the power to make that change and make the world a better place.

September 21, 2012

Simple: the drive of economic policy should be to create the conditions so people can live on less $€£¥ per day rather than more. Isn't that efficiency? Good on those people who live on less than the rest: may we learn from your example.

Peter M Okoya
September 21, 2012

Let the world build on non political based self esteem citizens who are valued by their government and not stepped on.

Big and giant able bodies like WFP, FAO, UN, and other foundations can surely close the gap between the poor and rich by more empowerment of grass roots through politically uninfluenced commercial self sustainable projects that meet the world's standards and demand. Much of the projects being done are politically based at the end the real intended targets are loosing.

September 21, 2012

Japan, South Korea, and China created a skilled labor force by emphasizing small family size and educating their children. Skilled labor force, in turn, enabled rapid economic growth especially in the wake of globalization. One would have thought that a Korean-born president of the World Bank will be aware of these obvious facts. There is little point in sending Bank staff to various developing countries in expensive missions to write redundant reports. Rather, the healthcare infrastructure needs to be supported via direct and indirect policies for improving child health outcomes and for reducing fertility in developing countries.

Elizabeth Kleemeier
September 21, 2012

The vast majority of the world's poor live in rural areas. That is also where most of the poorest of the poor live. The world needs to pursue development strategies and programs that promote equitable economic growth and the sustainable delivery of basic services in rural areas in order to help rural people to lift themselves out of poverty.

Development strategies that focus largely on urban development, and extracting resources from rural areas for the benefit of urban consumers will worsen the plight of the rural poor. Attention to the problems of the world's mega-cities is without doubt critical, but it should not come at the expense of rural development. Such lop-sided development will only worsen the situation of the world's poorest in the long-run.

In short, let's give more attention to small-holder economic development, and providing rural education, health, water, and sanitation services.

Tesfaye A.
September 22, 2012

7 recommendations to be considered:
1. Have clear population policy and manage it (the world, our common home, has limited capacity);
2. The world ecosystem is fragile and most of damages that human being is causing are irreversible or expensive to reverse. Therefore safe the world from not being hostile to human being;
3. End greed. Use your fair share of the natural global resources so that the limited global resources will be shared to the poor (respect universal values at all stage);
4. Respect differences and negotiate in civilized ways (develop culture of tolerance).
5. Facilitate opportunities to the poor or to un favored group so that they will not be desperate;
6. Invest in Creative, Innovative and Safe technologies to overcome scarcity of global resources.
7. Reward responsible, accountable and transparent individuals, governments and organizations...

Oscar Santos
September 24, 2012

A solution for poverty is create a temporary (20 - 40 years) joint venture or partnership between a poor country and a rich country.

Burundi - Netherlands
Ruanda - Belgium
Botswana - EEUU

Temporary, but deep Agreements between countries is a solution, because a regulated market action is the solution.

Best regards.
Oscar Santos.

Christos Takoudis
September 23, 2012

The infrastructure construction for exploitation of naturally available drinking water and for irrigation. Next step is the education and training in crops. The infrastructure in the industrial processing of agricultural products and trade will increase wealth. Road and rail infrastructure will develop trade. Reduce operating costs of global organizations and provide money for education and health of hungry people. Work with volunteers and pay them after the results of their work. Create projects and after tender assign the contractor to implement with low cost and measurable results. Not only the hungry people live with very little but employees for global organizations live with too much.

September 24, 2012

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and really like learning more on this matter. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more details? It is extremely helpful for me.

Youth social worker

Alexis Valencia M.
September 24, 2012

I strongly believe that the road to fight poverty is creating quality employment. Poverty probably can be defined as the lack of working opportunities. And those working opportunities can be boosted with the right framework for the individual initiative to prosper. Yet in many societies with high rates of unemployed or underemployed people, individual initiatives are burdened by a legal or administrative framework that make very difficult for the private economy to fully develop to its capacities. Therefore one road to pursue with earnest should be dismanteling all the roadblocks that detter private investment (burocracy, high or complicate tax systems, local regulations-permits, etc). In my point of view this way is much more efficient than creating public employment programs that are generally temporal by nature and limited in their scope.

September 24, 2012

Endless blogs about erasing poverty... 100% of those blogs focus on "valuable citizenship" not based on wealth or system design. None express how or where grants and means are from. NONE consider Vietnam victim of the very system design. Mind you Vietnam most are unsupported widows and degenerated children PTSD. The world system let big powere robbed lands and resources and still push the young citizens into their army.
BLoggers so avid for a good bureaucratic position, with your smart skillful expression, so confident of your geographic priority after your ex-colonial ties, you claim for equality but do you ever think of justice or equal access?

April 19, 2013

Poverty is relative concept but in Africa is poverty is more pervasive. One of the strong views of causes is due to high fertility rates across Africa as many scholars have spoken. Many research findings documents that Africa is youngest content with over 60 percent of the population is youthful that needs to be fed. Now they remain with about 30 of the population which is productive excluding the aged population.

Addressing poverty in this case is hardest if forge concreate intervention strategies are not formulated, first for reducing fertility in developing countries before seeking support from the IMF or World Bank. Further they need inward looking intervention strategies before one looks for external support which is sometimes not sustainable for addressing domestic constraints of respective nations.

Dr Manoshi Mitra
September 27, 2012

Poverty is a worldwide phenomenon and shares certain characteristics irrespective of where it may be located. It means deprivation of material goods necessary for life and reproduction, as well as deprivation of dignity and the power to make decisions regarding one's life or that of one's family. It relates to powerlessness which is both material and non material. And while we don't like Marxists, there is a lesson to be learnt from what Marx wrote. Organizations of the poor need to develop which can provide cogent ideas for change. The poor find it hard to end their poverty at an individual level despite their constant struggle to make a livelihood and get a bit of dignity. The poor need social capital more than anyone else. They need to get organised into homogenous groups to discuss the constraints that hamper their efforts to end poverty, and ways to improve their access to material resources as well as gain decision making power in their own local context. The success of local efforts of tribal groups in West Bengal (India), or in other parts of the world have lessons for replication but always keeping in mind the local context.
Corruption is a huge barrier to poverty alleviation and governance is the one solution for checking corruption. The people need to struggle against corrupt states, but they need assistance. For instance, after long years of supping with the devil (!), international agencies and major powers at a point in time stopped dealing with corrupt dictatorships. A concerted move to deny access to resources and international recognition is essential to help peoples' movements to bring down corrupt regimes.
All this means a time of turmoil. However without turmoil real transformation cannot come.

September 27, 2012

The poverty exists when the population in a country lacks of education: many children are not in school, others have to quit school, and that is because their parents or guarantor cannot afford it. If we help those children in need by schooling them they won't resell for the cheapest price the wealth of the country, or join the gang or be irresponsible. Their parents in other hand will work in firm to help feeding their children (of course they should be financed first to start the project) Also, if we give the option of schooling to girls and make them know the brighter future they could have by taking this new option, believe me most of them (all of them) will get to school.
Where I live the rehabilitation of the train and railway will improve a lot the transportation, the productivity and will reduce the inflation.

Ron Marx
September 28, 2012

We need help in building sustainable agriculture over 1600 acres near Pune city
of India. We are inviting investors, large scale farming companies, agro research,
individual investors to invest and be a part of our efforts. We are trying to create jobs to the poor workers, families and farmers in rural area by proposing a collaborative lean approach. Drop me a message if anyone is interested including World Bank and visitor members.

This is like - we are doing some action instead of discussion here. Any organizations, individuals interested in investing, owning or sponsoring a farm, you are welcome.

prakash N
September 29, 2012

eradicating poverty is a easier task if a global agreements made through UNO/WB between nations of poor and richer there is a no need to give money aids or else just a simple missionary work every developed nation to agree atleast 10% of its foreign students from a poor nation yes education can lighten it up give them entirely free education and help the qualified to become entrepreneurs in their own nations and thing to note is teach them how can they develop their agiculture and industrial growth using their education and make the developed nation to contribute in education and help them to get aware about global scenario once they come out of their stage they by default develop their nation ensure every poor nation gets food through cattle's milk etc. so you can grow up both economy as well as health also ensure that students don't get inferiority complex also

Alex Pigot
September 30, 2012

At the most basic level, everyone should have an address.

Dr Joan Clos, Under-Secretary-General,United Nations, (UN-Habitat) has said that 'if you do not have an address you do not officially exist' and that having 'an address is the key to a new life'.

The Universal Postal Union's (, an affiliate organisation of the UN) 'Addressing the World - an Address for Everyone' initiative and how the development of an efficient addressing system can foster inclusion will be discussed at the ministerial conference in Doha this October 8.

My company GO Code is working with The Hope Foundation ( ( in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) in India to provide slum dwellers there with an address. We have made a video of what we are doing. Here it is:

Pere Sampou
September 30, 2012

95% poverty is caused by our leaders not education they thought those offices they are occupying belong to them and their families, pls until constitutions are review mostly in africa concerning all political offices the world wil continue to experince poverty eg. a senator in nigeria is earning morethan 350, 000,000.00 for just 12 months and they are teling nigerians that there are no job they cant full us they are only fuling themselfs pls i'm caling on internatioal body to help us.

Aprameya Parida
September 30, 2012

1:In my view, communism is a better alternative to democracy to provide shelter and food to billions in poverty.See China.
2:In democracy ,corrupt politicians should be punished ,like guillotining Prime Ministers and Presidents if they are seen to be involved in scams and scandals.
3:Max Weber's bureaucracy should be banned as policy makers.Instead teachers,doctors,bankers should be given the task.
4:People who are proven as corrupt ,should be prevented visiting institutions,scientific organisations,even Churches and Temples .

Alas nothing more to end poverty.

September 30, 2012

sir our country need padma bridge.plese help.i remain sir your obediently zia from bangladesh

My Nguyen
October 03, 2012

Sustainable Development Strategy- CDM is a key tool for developing countries to get out of poverty, to achieve rapid sustainable development.

Strategic approach: Arising from the need to solve the urgent problems of waste everywhere and to reduce greenhouse gas, from urban to rural areas, WB and developed country governments and international organizations should use the (Clean development Mechanism) CDM’s design and implementation for rural agricultures and urban solid and sanitation wastewater. Each waste management project serves as an ideal opportunity to develop local community skills, to boost Education and Training everywhere. Leverage multiple benefits from jobs (prioritised for local community) created during projects implementation, construction and operation phases and production of valuable products to further economic activities and closing the loop of sustainable development, GDP growth & development of appropriate sciences and technologies. From small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises for machinery, equipment & technology applications, etc. the process enable women and youths in urban and rural areas, peasants and low income workers to gradually master the skills in management, production, economics, science and technology. The projects also provide the market with organic and recycled material products useful for domestic needs and exports. This brings the end to poverty, and closing the social and economics gaps.

October 04, 2012

Sorry my English is very bad. But, I'll try to participate.

There are 3 kinds of Poverty :
1. Poverty caused by condition.
2. Poverty caused by internal behavior.
3. Poverty caused by voluntary.

We can't do anything with the Third. But, we priorities the first kind of Poverty (poverty caused by condition). If we see in flash (I have no data). Nations that have big corruption case, have big poverty.
Corruption is not always thieves money, but also power abuse. May be we have already heard the term of Power tend to corrupt.

Caroline Clarke
October 05, 2012

Addressing UNFCCC - the carrot and stick approach perhaps – but that we need to ensure before reaching for - stakeholders have been given ample time to seek out an understanding on opportunities.
Consider engaging with financial sector to post a reward on attendees.
Look to provident funds to charter ranking on preferences to attendees.
Engage legal societies, underwriters, and industry associations to amplify an understanding on risk management strategies.
Appreciating the products and services identifying an attendance regard. Allow me to engage on amplifying - what is low hanging fruit. How we go strategies, the specificity here on international sea freight – shipped carbon neutral as the product system, I noted small change can make a big difference. Having undertaken studies on the strategy I found to best deliver mechanism ETS provides sharing on offsets three (3) ways – (1) the origin, (2) international and the (3) destination. The framework provides working together upstream and downstream. Upstream continues to make great strides in applying initiatives on behaviour change following on a pathway adopting technological initiatives – this drives efficiencies reducing running costs, attendance demonstrates a regard on values to shareholders, employees, customers (existing and potential) and the wider community. That here in the scheme of things this creates education and training, fosters research and development creates jobs, amplifying the bigger picture - think global act local - attending to the health and wellbeing of all. It is now applying to the downstream to participate - and here as B2B and B2C understanding attendance on initiatives prevails upon outcomes which too resonates. We need to look closely at the products and services that you or your organisation support - and that on seeking - to consider those products and services identifying an attendance.
And having said and done that if atrophy is still the order of things then to apply a levy (threshold based covering all) to those who do not attend affixed to convert to ETS
Kind regards

garima banerjee
October 05, 2012

Bring back the gold standard for money and let go of fiat currency. Let countries rich in natural resources be responsbile for manufacturing and selling their own goods and products according to their own policies and dissolve the WTO. Stop Free trade and monocultures. Stop the carbon footprint on each commodity by going local. Let corporates be taxed according to the wealth they have hoarded. Equal distribution of wealth can only happen if the rich are taxed heavily and the middle class is taxed less and the poor not at all. Schools, college education, Medical facilities must be free for all citizens around the world. Manufacturing Big cars that drink oil must stop and carpooling must be a rule. Government must spend on infrastructure and other services and must help make agriculture a viable occupation. The world must be without borders and governments must be in place to facilitate lives of people and make living easy and not as a hindrace towards living a life of dignity. Corporates must not be treated as a individuals but individuals that make the corporates must be socially and morally responsible for the society they work in. These are the things I can think of right now....

October 06, 2012

This is a good idea toward discussing the possible solutions to eradicate poverty.
Ever since its creation the World Bank has been running a poverty eradication program.
But, instead of eradicating poverty, there is significant increase, and all the money being spent on organizing the process has gone to the drains. So, the first thing is the accountability of this world organization, and then finding the causes of its failure.
Poverty is a world wide phenomenon, but in the underdeveloped world or the third-world countries, poverty is at a very high level. This is with reference to the countries in Africa and Asia in particular. And the main factors are(i) corruption, (ii) wastage-leakage and pilferage of precious resources (III) want of quality leadership, (IV) lack of education and (V) the failure to provide infrastructural facilities; especially transportation and communication for the villagers to bring their products to the markets. Unless these problems are addressed fairly and squarely, it won't be possible to eradicate poverty.
The other problems relate to world wide tax evasion by the super rich individuals and big corporations. They conveniently manage to move billions of dollars in the well known tax havens of the world by way of money laundering, smuggling and stealing. In this connection the G-20 group of countries have often discussed the woes but they seem to be not so serious. The world Bank needs to evolve a mechanism in coordination with the organizations like the OECD etc to eradicate the criminal campaign of the tax evaders so that safety nets could be provided to the poor in different countries.

Shiro Tsukasa
October 06, 2012

frankly speaking for myself, but it also apply to workers in general

what would I need to get a better job :
- a better prospect
- a better job opportunity
- a better, more conducive, supportive work environment
- more support from the government; more beneficial, favorable regulations, etc

what would it take for me to get a better job :
- full commitment
- proper education
- a full grasp and understanding of what my strengths and weaknesses are, and how do I utilize it for a better performance in work
- a full understanding of what I really want to do in life, what my talent and interest is, what can favor the progress of my career in a long term

Jeewan Yeu
October 08, 2012

I think a solution to ending poverty is to donate. With more people donating for the poor, poverty will disappear.

from an elementary school student in Seoul.

October 08, 2012

from a design perspective, create an IDEA BANK, where not much is needed to invest, rank each idea with a profit margin. There are so many rich and smart people in the world to execute ideas. What we lack is for poor to invest there simplest ideas, we make it so hard for them, business plan, execute it, find investors... this should be as simple as a post it note that you can invest and get money for. The bank will collect the ideas match them with their makers and give a royalty fee, percentage for the idea creator. IDEAS should be respective for each individual environment.

October 15, 2012


I have been impressed of what I have heard about the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, run by Bill and Melinda Gates - e.g. providing vaccines to the poor and helping farmers increase yield on vegetation by testing soil samples. Encouraging great philanthropic efforts from the well-to-do and resourceful will certainly help.


Microfinance, promoted by Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, with Grameen Bank was very successful in bringing people out of poverty, especially women in coutries like Bangladesh. He wrote the well publicised book, Banker to the Poor and other books.

Social Enterprise

Social enterprises such as KIVA source for donations for many projects to help the poor.

The book "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid" by C.K. Prahalad gave many great examples of how simple enterprises help increase income for the poor from zero on some days to something meaningful. An example is an initiave to provide fishermen with access to mobile phones that helped them work out where to fish each day depending on the weather.


Education is a way out of the poverty trap. The nature of education can be revolutionised today. Even in the developed work, ideas like home schooling have become a reality. With the internet and social networks, the reach of education is increased manifold. Equiping poor regions with computers and developing online programs may help accelerate the rate of education in these far out poor regions.


Apart from this, we sometimes hear about inefficiencies in the system, corruption, difficulties in reaching poor regions because of poor infrastructure, etc. Progress must be made to root out inefficiencies and corruption where these exist.

Anja de Kleijn
October 16, 2012

How to end poverty. Start using Bioneedle would be one option. It can save millions of lives, millions of dollars and end poverty. Why is this new vaccine system not in use yet?

Femi Ayan
December 15, 2012

One of the great innovations to fight poverty is the creation of unprecedented access to micro-capital. The great challenge of the micro-finance innovation has been gaps in its effective implementation outside of the traditional macro-economic mindset and paradigm.

I believe that there's a successful repeatable approach to administering micro-finance in any emerging market locale:
1. Basic 3-to-4 day micro-business training prior to disbursement and
2. A 1-to-2 month coaching / mentoring process to support the micro-entrepreneurs through their first loan repayment cycle.

As a person directly involved in providing and administering micro-capital in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, I have seen this additional sub-process yield exceptional results. Simply "throwing money" at a micro-business start-up without any mentoring support increases their chances for failure in two key areas: fully repaying the micro-loan and sustaining the micro-business beyond 12 months.

The basic business training seeks to confirm participants' understanding of simple financial concepts like capital, credit/loan, interest, rate of return, rule of 72, revenue/sales, income, expenses, business expansion, cost of capital, cost of sales, debt vs equity and creating simple monthly financial projections for sales, cost of sales, business expenses, debt repayment and profit.

The mentoring support ensures accountability and provides a sounding-board for resolving typical start-up issues faced by entrepreneurs everywhere and specifically in emerging markets. It also provides a measure of cheer-leading and positive reinforcement, where needed.

This training and subsequent mentoring has the added benefit of ensuring the micro-entrepreneur understands how the real-world operates financially so that they can eventually access traditional banking services in their country when their micro-business stabilizes and expands. It also creates a level of accountability that raises the quality and standard of entrepreneurial fervour and achievement.

January 18, 2013

The essential item producers and distributors in every nation, inflate the prices of their commodities, to cover up their mis-management every year, so that more and more people are not afford to buy them. Thus they create, increase and maintain an expanding below poverty line persons in the nation. This Book substantiates this statement, through verified inference. Also it suggests a dual ratio control on Essential item producers and distributors, for poverty eradication.

All the species, in this world survived over the generations, by fitting themselves within the available resources, for many millennium (Darwins’s theory). But human, because of their intelligence, survived in a 3 dimensional shell namely (a) The geography and environment (b) The social influences and (c) The economic infrastructure. The objective of this booklet is to measure the existence of the “Survival of the fittest” in this millennium, their distribution in the world, the reasons for the hand to mouth living for basic needs, how people escape from this survival stage, and possible solutions to eradicate this stage. Accordingly the methodology is chosen to pin point each segment of the world population in and under poverty line using the World Bank survey map, and the Operating ratio as the measure of the performance of the essential suppliers. Lower ratio represents prosperity.

India is taken as a representative country for the analysis. Agriculture is found to be of little value compared to the return on land investment, due to the absence of mass farming. Milk and other essential items like travel, textiles and construction are taken as essential items. An analysis of their Operating ratio in government and private sectors indicate that the ratio is high. It is because of their mismanagement, and monopoly status. They keep the citizen as their captive customers and use price increase as a leverage for their continued survival. Hence corporate organisations producing and supplying the essential commodities create, maintain and increase the people below poverty line in any nation.

Comparatively, this ratio in developed nations are low and under control. Conversely, the operating ratio of non-essential goods in the developing nations are low and favourable, because of competition and global business operators. The golden rule is that the Essential need supplies should keep their Operating ratio at 75 % or below. In the discussion, the possible the suggested method for keeping this ratio under control (in a normal and disturbed economic condition) is found to be through innovation in cost and expense control. The growth rate of GNP should be equal to the population growth rate OR the population growth rate should be kept equal or less than the feasible GNP growth rate. This will eradicate the poverty in the world. This is applicable to all in government, public or private sectors and all the nations in developed, developing and under developed bracket of economic status.

George Williams
January 16, 2013

The Question of what can be done to eradicate poverty is much easier to ask than finding a less complex response to. There are critical falacies in the quest to adress poverty especially at the global level.

Critical amongst the many issues are:

The first step to addressing poverty is to develop a definittion that transcends mere economic consideration but that incorporates culture, religion, political, and other geo-spatial considerations pf affected people.

Secondly, the global practice of ranking and defining poverty of less developed countries with theri more advance counter-parts only worsen global perspection of poverty.

Thirdly, poverty in its absolute sense may be reduced but often without regard of the unintended consequences that come about with the institutions of anti-poverty measures that further impoverishes connected populations.

Fighting "poverty" require the redictribution of resoruces from more resoruced communities to less developed communities. However, if poverty has is a presence of a lack, then shifting resources may result necesarily lead to deprivations in in more developed parts.

Alternatively, the global system must seek equity and justice in the commodity valuation system so much so that the resources, irrespective of corruption, are used to empower, improve living conditions, increase domestic outlook etc.

Globa economic justice not aid or grants will improve the world and its people.

Jude Ohanele
January 17, 2013

Citizens and institutions around the world should support citizens and citizen groups across the world especially in the most vulnerable parts of the world to organize to insist on open governments and to hold the governance structures openly accountable for the delivery of public good and poverty reduction initiatives.