Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category

Poverty

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Relative poverty is a term used on the news to mean people who have less money than those living around them. This term is generally used when talking, for example about “UK child poverty”. (Politicians even argue about whether such differences in wealth are a good or bad thing.)

Absolute poverty is different. Some people are much poorer. For them, a whole week’s income is less than the amount someone in the UK, on the legal minimum wage, earns in an hour (£5.93).

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Africa Hunger and Poverty Facts

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 239 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were hungry/undernourished in 2010 (its most recent estimate). 925 million people were hungry worldwide. Africa was the continent with the second largest number of hungry people, as Asia and the Pacific had 578 million, principally due to the much larger population of Asia when compared to sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa actually had the largest proportion of its population undernourished, an estimated 30 percent in 2010, compared to 16 percent in Asia and the Pacific (FAO 2010).  Thus almost one in three people who live in sub-Saharan Africa were hungry, far higher than any other region of the world, with the exception of South Asia.

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HAITI – PROGRESS IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING

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On January 12th 2010 Haiti was struck by a catastrophic earthquake. The magnitude of the quake measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale, and it killed more than 200.000 people and left 300.000 wounded.
Two million people lost their homes, and many of them continue to live in temporary camps.

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SOUTHERN SUDAN AND NORTHERN SUDAN

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In 2011 Sudan was divided into two independent states – South Sudan and Sudan. After the independence of South Sudan, DanChurchAid has primarily focused our work in South Sudan but we continue to provide humanitarian assistance in Sudan.

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Economic Empowerment of Women

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DanChurchAid (DCA) Malawi joined the National Millennium Development Goal 3 Call to Action Campaign in April 2009 by pledging a commitment to “do something extra” towards gender equality and women empowerment within the area of economic empowerment of women.

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MALAWI IS CAUGHT BETWEEN HUNGER AND AIDS

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Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa with a short democratic history. The country has struggled against corruption and political violence while hunger and AIDS has impoverished the country’s population.

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WHEN FOOD INSECURITY IS A PERSISTENT OCCURRENCE

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Despite some steps that Ethiopia has been taking towards economic development, the country is one of the poorest countries in the world. The poor live in the rural areas and make a living by primitive small-scale farming or as pastoral people. The small-scale agriculture provides livelihoods for over 80% of the total population, which is estimated to be 84 million.

A SOCIETY IN EXTREME CRISIS

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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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Zambia – Still Hungry

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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.

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NEW HOPE

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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.

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