What Inspires You to Help End Extreme Poverty by 2030?


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There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours.  – Jean-Paul Sartre
There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours.  
​– Jean-Paul Sartre

When I got that quote by the French philosopher tattooed on my arm, I wasn’t thinking about world poverty.  I wasn’t thinking about the environment or peace or conflict or starvation or social justice. In fact, aside from puzzling over which recycling bin my coffee cup goes in, I didn’t think about much outside of my own world. Like so many others, I have plenty of my own problems to worry about, let alone ending world poverty. It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives. That daily crush of details — getting to work on time or paying the bills — can swallow up years. But if everyone only focused on what’s happening in their own world, then nothing would ever get better.

When I came to work at the World Bank Group, I didn’t understand the real scope of the #endpoverty project. Every single person that works in this organization is trying to end extreme poverty. I was still pessimistic. There’s always been extreme poverty; it’s part of our collective history — how is ending it possible? But when I saw that in 1990, 36% of the world’s population lived on less than $1.25 a day and as of 2010, that number had dropped to 16%, I realized, maybe ending extreme poverty is possible.
Now my tattoo has taken on a different meaning to me. There are a lot of terrible realities so daunting it’s easy to assume someone else is dealing with them.  As global citizens, a child living in extreme poverty in South Asia is as close to you as the person physically next to you while you ride the bus, sit in the classroom or walk down the street.  We all need to pitch in, because the future belongs to all of us. In that sense, ending world poverty is as much my responsibility as it is the World Bank’s. And yours.  
For the past few years, we’ve been helping build a global movement to #endpoverty, using social media, videos, live events, and other means. Now it’s your turn to get involved. 

 Ending Poverty Is Within Our ReachWhat inspires you to take on ending extreme poverty? Share your inspirations in the comments below, or better yet, take to social media and help let your friends, and their friends, activists, and governments alike know what you’re doing to help #endpoverty. 

  1. You can start by tweeting about an issue you feel is in need of attention.
  2. Post a photo to Instagram showing a problem in your country, city, or town that needs attention.
  3. Share a story and picture on Facebook that drives you and your work.
Just add the hashtags #WhatInspires #TakeOn to your post or tweet, and we’ll use your stories to help inspire others.
There are plenty of issues to choose from — food security, inadequate health care, child mortality, social injustices, climate change — take your pick. But people taking action together has the potential to raise awareness, to make a government hear our voices, and possibly change policies to help those living in extreme poverty. What will you #TakeOn?

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November 05, 2014

I am writing from Afghanistan, the country of Warlords, the land of lions. I always read and listen these words about my beloved country and I was tired of that. I wanted to make a change in my country and I started from my own village Dara-e-Noor. The people of my village are extremely poor. 90% of them are working as farmers, 2% working in government, 3% working in military. 5% have their own small businesses. 0.01% have higher educated, 0.70% are studying in the school. The major aim of these people is to work in their farms and sale their products to make money and that's why they don't let their children to go to school. I started a small project with the help of my honorable family. me (did BBA from Anadolu university Turkey) and my brothers started to go to our village and tell the stories about the famous peoples life and the troubles they faced in past. How they passed all their personal problems and became the worlds most important and non-forgettable people. Than with the help of our friends who were graduated from Agriculture from different universities took one hour classes in the village's school and taught them how we can get more products from our farm which help them to make more money than usual. In this way we get the village elders attention to our classes and they started to send their children to school so their children will be able to learn how to be a successful farmer. meanwhile we are teaching them history, mates, religions and respect to other religions, innovation, self confidence, Social life, marketing, sports and theater. we will reach to 30.000 educated people in our village till 2030. if the world bank show interest in this project we are assure The World Bank that with our other projects (which we have in our plan but we don't have money to apply them) we will finish the poverty in Afghanistan within 2030 by the help of World Bank. 0093-797-451-872 <>

Luciana iorio
November 05, 2014

# Take on #WhatInspires Indeed ending poverty is an ethical committment more than a sociopolitical strategy. The inclusive all in approach is the only one which could work , eventually. MDG /SDG will be true only by granting access to resources , educational, sanitary, commercial.
Hence the importance of transport network and policies.

Paul Brunner
November 06, 2014


Shannon Fisher
November 21, 2014

I choose to #TakeOn the fight
for women’s rights because
...someone must.
There are many woman warriors;
together we will fight for equality.
And, one day,
Shannon Fisher, Women’s Rights Activist