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Could we eradicate poverty?

By John Hoffmire Those answering this question seem to have become more and more optimistic over the past several decades. Major advances in technology, education, healthcare and business practices have led to reduced poverty rates around the world. Although victory is still a long way off, it seems that we have a fighting chance in the

2020-02-17T05:54:53-06:00Tags: |

What the Poor Think of the Rich

The core of the American Dream — equality of opportunity and rewards commensurate with efforts and abilities — has enchanted millions of people across the globe. However, it is important to assess whether the reality bears out that ideal. Although two-thirds of Americans (69 percent) agree with the statement that “people are rewarded for intelligence

2020-02-05T07:44:14-06:00Tags: |

Ways to Address Poverty and Inequality Through Business: Your Comments Summary

In a recent column, I asked readers to write in with ideas about how full employment would influence the debate about inequality in the U.S. Since the column was published, eradicating poverty and trying to address inequality have been even more ever present in the spotlight as issues to be addressed in meaningful ways. Many

2020-01-29T19:53:07-06:00Tags: |

It’s not income that determines charitable giving

The American people are no strangers to the spirit of charitable giving. A phenomenal figure from Charity Navigator shows that as many as 50 percent of American households donated money when the 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti. This giving accumulated to $1.4 billion. Another example of American goodness was the $1.6 billion donated to victims of

2020-02-03T09:18:27-06:00Tags: |

Fighting the Diseases of Want and Plenty

“Diseases of want” arise from poverty, while “diseases of plenty” are associated with affluence. Many of the illnesses in each category are avoidable, but stopping them will require a revolutionary change in our approach to medicine. Diseases of want are avoidable because poverty is avoidable. We have the technical expertise to eliminate extreme poverty simply by

Fighting Poverty Project by Project: Toward a Nobel Prize

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee, and Michael Kremer for their “experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”. This is an important turn of events partly because of the enormity of the problem that they and others are trying to address. In 2019, there are still more than 550

2019-12-13T18:34:12-06:00Tags: |

52 ideas that changed the world – 9. Fairtrade

Fairtrade in 60 seconds Fairtrade is a movement based on the principle that farmers and workers in poorer countries deserve fair prices for their produce and labour. It champions decent working conditions in the developing world, and long-term sustainability both for communities and the environment. The largest group in the movement is Fairtrade International, which

2019-08-12T03:29:43-05:00Tags: |

Cocoa farm workers aren’t reaping the benefits

Long before it hits supermarket shelves, cocoa passes through dozens, if not hundreds, of hands—many of which belong to the laborers that harvest and hack the beans from their large, leathery pods. For years, members of the cocoa industry in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)—the world’s leading producer of this product—have been partnering with Fairtrade International,

2019-07-02T07:51:47-05:00Tags: |

Persistent poverty endangers health in 20% of UK children

A recent study shows that one in five children in the UK have a higher risk of developing adolescent mental health disorders or physical illness because of persistent poverty. This alarming scenario comes from a new paper published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. In 2016-17, about 4.1 million children, or 30%, in the

2019-06-23T07:57:32-05:00Tags: |

Global poverty research center gets major philanthropic boost

In recognition of philanthropic support from Robert “Bob” King, MBA ’60, and Dorothy “Dottie” King, the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development is changing its name to the Stanford King Center on Global Development. The support from the Kings, together with investments from other philanthropists, will create new research opportunities for faculty and students,

2019-05-23T07:06:19-05:00Tags: |

FPWAs Ending the Poverty to Prison Pipeline Report 2019

A new report by FPWA details the criminalization of poverty. The health and human services sector can disrupt the “poverty to prison pipeline” – but only by becoming aware of the key role they can play in battling poverty, according to the report. “Although the majority of health and human services providers do not currently

2019-04-22T10:51:08-05:00Tags: , |

Oxfam America leader talks poverty and inequality

In a talk aptly named “Inequality and the Injustice of Poverty” on Tuesday night, President and CEO of Oxfam America Abigail Maxman challenged her audience of around three dozen students and professors in Kresge Auditorium to consider the challenge that these two forces pose today. “The gap between the richest and the poorest has reached

2019-04-19T07:33:05-05:00Tags: |

Low-income neighborhoods more vulnerable to flooding

Portland experiences both extreme heat in the summer months and frequent nuisance flooding in the winter and spring, and that's only expected to worsen with climate change. A new Portland State University study found the potential for flooding and extreme heat is most acute in East Portland's low-income neighborhoods that have fewer green spaces and

2019-03-27T08:27:08-05:00Tags: |

A third of homeless deaths are from treatable conditions

A third of deaths among homeless people are caused by treatable conditions such as tuberculosis and gastric ulcers, which can improve with the right care, a UCL study has found. Academics led by Dr Robert Aldridge (UCL Institute of Health Informatics) analysed nearly 4,000 in-depth medical records for 600 people who died in English hospitals

2019-03-26T07:56:01-05:00Tags: |