Wednesday, 25 March 2015

How does one morally quantify poverty?

As we were walking around the DIHAD exhibition hall today, I saw a poster defining the group as “an international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty.”  I immediately wondered how one could possibly differentiate poverty versus extreme poverty.  And more importantly, how does such differentiation exist in our world today?  

The United Nations defined the phrase extreme poverty as “a condition characterized by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information. It depends not only on income but also on access to services.”  Currently, extreme poverty refers to earning below the international poverty line of a $1.25/day.

Take a moment to estimate approximately how much money you typically live on per day.  And then try to visualize your life with such a reduction of earnings.  Humbling, isn’t it?

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