Category Archives: MDG-Poverty

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The New Wave of U.S. Immigrants

So, why do people pull up stakes in their respective homelands, move their families out and rebuild their lives in another country foreign  to them, and with  no guarantees of any sort? There are so many reasons behind this, but one thing is sure, everyone who goes out would like to bring home the “bacon”! The following brief discussion on the subject explains for itself. Let’s backtrack a little bit. The United Sates of America (U.S.A) has the most immigrants (both documented and undocumented) throughout the world, hence its label as the “nation of immigrants”. Based on U.S. history, America’s … more »

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A Grain of Rice for the Poor! – Tips and Thoughts

Did you know that there are 925 million(almost a billion) undernourished throughout the globe, majority of whom are children in South Asia, particularly China and India? Yes folks, the said data was culled out from the UN’s World Food Program (WFP), a large humanitarian organization whose primary goal is to end world hunger. But of all places worldwide, why China and India? Of course, one may be surprised how come there are still millions of hungry people in the said countries despite their progress in terms of building major national and agricultural infrastructure. We are likewise cognizant of the fact … more »

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Counting Blessings: A Secret To Happiness!

“Count your blessings” is an old adage we hear oftentimes from people which most of us can relate to regardless of location, ability, gender and socio-economic status. But how frequent do people  count their blessings?  Always? Once, twice,  thrice a day?   We really don’t have any idea and there is no way we can quantify it, there is no rule of thumb for this!   As long as we are happy and contented despite the lack of resources, that should be the very essence of life. The fact that we are willing to share what we have with the … more »

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Education in Science and Technology: The Focal Point

Education is for everyone. This is true if all of us have the interest for it and have the means to acquire the same. Undeniably, it is the right of each and everyone of us to go to school and learn. However, what is actually happening is that there are some who have been deprived of the said fundamental right mainly for economic reasons. UN-MDG monitor for Goal No. 2 revealed that while there have been strides in enrollment in primary education (about 6% increase from 2000 to 2008), it is still not enough to be able to hit the … more »

Investing in Education: A Global Partnership

  Education is one need in life which is close to my heart! Is it simply because I don't have anything, but this?  Education plays a crucial role in shaping a person's career path and professional growth with the end view of becoming successful someday, i.e, getting better jobs and earning more. However, most of us know that even in the field of education, obviously there is a rising social class and inequality. Talented students whose parents can afford to send them to top-tiered schools would have better job opportunities and potentially could be accepted to occupy managerial posts in … more »

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Cash Grants – A Poor WoMan’s Hope To Economic Recovery

Lydia, a widow in her late 30′s and with five (5) children to rear, lives in one of the poorest rural places in South East Asia. Just like majority of the women in the said place, Lydia is a homemaker used to spending most of her time attending to their young children’s needs even during the time when her husband was still strong to till the soil of their landlord. Despite the hardships however, Lydia and her husband were happy and contented with what they have, with the only one full meal a day, and even without the basic needs … more »

Microfinance – A Hype or An Effective Financial Tool For the Poor?

  Is Microfinance an effective financial strategy to eradicate poverty particularly in developing economies? I would blog on this as briefly and pragmatic as possible, as some of you may know that this topic is quite broad and would require empirical data/analysis to support any findings and recommendations. In its simplest terms, microfinance involves extending loans to a group of borrowers or individuals, specifically the  marginalized sector of society involving poor people encountering difficulties to transact business with private and government banking institutions. In other words, these are the poor people throughout the world numbering over 1 billion living in rural areas … more »

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A Time To Cry For Help – Pakistan Flood Aftermath, et al

I was just starting my working career in my early tweens  when I was given the privilege to embark on my first solo official trip abroad. It was a three-month stay for a short course jointly offered by the Pakistan Government and its State Bank. The venue was in the heart of Karachi, Pakistan’s financial and commercial capital. Despite the apprehensions about the situation and being a newbie in a foreign land, it was not difficult for me to adjust because of the warm welcome and genuine hospitality that the Bank’s management and staff have accorded us for the duration … more »

Corruption – A Dreadful Disease With A Simple Cure – Tips and Thoughts

I can understand why formulation of “anti-corruption” policies is never mentioned in the targets or indicators of the UN MDG’s, in correlation to poverty and economic growth. I presume the subject matter may not be within the realm of UN’s aims, duties and functions, as provided for in its charter. However, there is a vague reference to it wherein one of the targets included in MD Goal No. 8 is a commitment from the world leaders to “good governance”, by supporting, among others, transparency and accountability at all levels but said indicator is specifically geared towards allocation and spending of … more »

Unmasked Faces of Poverty – Tips and Thoughts to Ponder for Policy Makers and Everyone

Ever since my childhood, I have seen the sad reality of disparity and inequality between the rich and the poor*. This gap continues to widen through the years and is almost similar and happening in all parts of the globe, particularly in underdeveloped and developing countries where people are predominantly poor. As of 2008, about 80% of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening. This bleak scenario becomes even worse when victims, particularly the children, of the creeping disaster of poverty can no longer open their eyes and would have no other choice but to wait … more »