“Now that we can do anything, what will we do?”
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We will eradicate poverty.
It is not crazy for us to think about having within our power, uniquely for the first time in the history of the world, the chance to end extreme poverty within a generation. That is what the numbers show.
- Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute
In Massive Change we argued, in unison with Sachs, that “when citizens of the one world we share - in Africa’s heartland, most poignantly - are starving and dying of curable diseases every day, it is our duty to direct our dollars to sustainable economic development, not already bloated military budgets. An integrated strategy will result in the deepening of global security and the alleviation of abject poverty and its indicators: violence, terror, and disease. It will depend on the formation of policies for the prevention of future conflict and partnerships between the world’s rich and the world’s poor. Countries in need can’t do this alone.”
The millennium development goals put in place by all UN member states in 2000 to reduce extreme poverty by 2015 required that poor countries pursue good governance and responsible economic and social stewardship, while rich countries helped “well-governed poor countries through expanded aid, trade, and technology transfer.” Many African countries - Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Benin, Ethiopia - have shown exceptional leadership and effort in the transformation of dire political scenarios into thriving democracies. They have the will, but they still lack the way.
Although the governance is admirably in place in many instances - in Africa and elsewhere - the means are sorely lacking to build the necessary infrastructure and social services that will help impoverished nations on the road to self-sustainability and eventual prosperity. Now that we can create a world of shared prosperity, what will we do? (more…)