If we are to complete this goal by 2030 and fully eradicate poverty, it will be an amazing achievement, especially under the circumstances now. With all the problems with our earth and the people it only makes the problem less attainable. However, it is still achievable and if we try hard enough and follow the right footsteps and execute the solutions then this goal can definitely be completed.
Are there even any solutions?
Raising minimum wages:
A way to solve the world’s problem with poverty would be to higher the minimum wage. This would allow the young and old to gain as much money as they deserve for working 12 or so hours a day. The disadvantage of doing this would be that it could raise unemployment rates (at least slightly).
Access to clean water and sanitation:
Access to clean water and sanitation would enable people living in poverty to spend less time fetching water and more time working on agricultural production. The World Bank says that “Access to clean water and sanitation is one of the most cost-effective development interventions, and is critical for reducing poverty.” Also, it would lower the health costs for children who are not sanitised. May be expensive, but long term.
When people have jobs, people have some sort of income. As a result, then can more easily and quickly get themselves and their families out of extreme poverty / poverty. The United Nations quoted that “unemployment and underemployment lies at the core of poverty. For the poor, labor is often the only asset they can use to improve their well-being.” There is however a flipside. Working isn’t always the direct route out of poverty. According to a study, in 2009/10, 58 per cent of families below the UK poverty line contained at least one working member.
Education of women and girls:
Education impacts the women and girls’ societies, communities and economy. In addition, degree and age of beginning of education correlates to the age of marriage for women and the age of child birth; their health and diseases, their economic opportunities, social standing and present and future wellbeing - life. It can reduce poverty in developing countries.
The creation of transparency in government spending:
Transparency (meaning lack of hidden agendas or conditions, accompanied by the availability of full information required for collaboration, cooperation, and collective decision making) in government spending would help the reduction of governmental corruption. ‘ When governments are accountable to their citizens for their action, or inaction, in different areas of the federal budget, the citizens will be able to accurately assess how well their leaders are leading their country. Also, it allows citizens to see if money is being taken away from poverty-reduction plans and into the pockets of their leaders, which could be a cause of a stagnant economy or job market. ‘ (credits to the Borgen Magazine)
will we reach this goal by 2030?
Whilst we think that the United Nations has made a ridiculous claim with a world duty that many thought would be impossible to do over the next 50 years, let alone by 2030, the concept of ‘No Poverty’ does seem attainable. By attempting solutions (big and small) to make our world that much better and to accomplish the mental goals of not being able to tackle no poverty - what many see as climbing a 100 foot wall - than grasping this Global Goal and passing it with flying colours is possible. However, is ‘No Poverty’ possible? Well...Yes. Only if we benefit from all the help we can get; only if everyone - small or big, young or old, black or white, rich or poor, tolerant or intolerant - supports this cause in one way or another.