Congo has some of Africa’s largest deposits of diamonds, gold, coltan, tropical wood and oil. But civil wars and oppression have impoverished the population. The country’s infrastructure has been destroyed, and continued fighting and assaults make life a burden for the average Congolese.
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The last couple of years Zambia, in southern Africa, has experienced economic growth. But the money has not gone to the poor that constitute 60 % of the population. Especially in rural areas, climate changes, HIV/AIDS and the lack of equality make it difficult for Zambians to bring food to the table.
Since 1992 the Ugandan economy has been developing positively. But the increasing wealth has not reached the entire population. One in three Ugandans still live below the poverty line.
Despite its natural resources, Africa is the world’s poorest continent, and every third African does not have enough food.
Many African countries are affected by a precipitation change with alternating floods and recurring draughts; especially in northern and southern Africa the rain does not fall in the way it used to, and the crops do not grow the way they used to. Climate changes continually make it more and more difficult to feed the continent’s 900 million inhabitants.
Poverty in Africa is the sole cause of hunger, disease, aids and squalor. One cannot talk about poverty and its effects on the African continent without taking a look at the roots of the problem. European colonialism and the scramble for Africa were partly to blame. But the world has changed and African countries are now independent nations, so one can now charge that African leaders are now responsible for the poverty problem throughout the African continent.
Compulsory income management of disadvantaged welfare recipients was slammed by speakers at a forum at the Bankstown Arts Centre on April 11.
The forum, organised by the Say No to Government Income Management: Not in Bankstown, Not Anywhere campaign coalition, attracted about 40 people to hear representatives from unions and Aboriginal, migrant and youth groups call for a campaign to stop the extension of income management from July 1 this year.
WILLIAMSFIELD, St Catherine:UNHEALTHY. That’s how some residents of Cocoa Walk in Williamsfield in north-east St Catherine describe the water from a spring which runs through the community. Yet, this is the same water they are sometimes forced to use to for domestic purposes, including washing, and at times, even cooking.
Almost half a million Jamaicans are living in poverty, 130,000 of whom are not benefiting from the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), which is the flagship social-safety net programme of the Government.
Some 315,000 Jamaicans are on PATH, but it is unclear how many of these persons have fallen below the poverty line since the Survey of Living Conditions, which contains major social and economic indicators, was last published in 2007.
More than one-third of Americans who use shelters annually are parents and their children. In 2011, that added up to more than 500,000 people.
According to Joe Volk, CEO of Community Advocates in Milwaukee, prevalent family homelessness is no accident.
Several staff members and scholars from the Global Economy and Development program have traveled to Aspen, Colorado for the annual Brookings Blum Roundtable—an off-the-record forum for global leaders, entrepreneurs and practitioners to discuss innovative ideas and advance groundbreaking initiatives to alleviate global poverty. Since 2004, participants have come together for our roundtable to explore timely subjects ranging from emergent new players in the international donor community to the poverty-insecurity nexus.