May 14th, 2013

Q&A: Integrated Development for Global Impact

Sustainable Development

Jeffrey D. Sachs: Extreme poverty, in essence, means a daily struggle for survival.  A billion or so people remain trapped in extreme poverty, lacking adequate household incomes, food security, education, basic infrastructure, and access to health care, and safety from natural hazards.  Getting out of extreme poverty requires investments, in businesses, human capital (skills, health, nutrition), and infrastructure.  While most countries of the world have the domestic resource base to end extreme poverty and achieve sustainable development, roughly 75 or so of the poorest or otherwise most vulnerable countries do not. These countries are too poor, remote, conflict-ridden, bereft of natural resources, or burdened by other challenges (e.g. droughts and famines, or tropical diseases) to end extreme poverty on their own. Often they experience insecurity and armed conflict, leading to a vicious spiral of deepening poverty and spreading violence. These countries, including many in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, Central Asia, and many landlocked and small-island economies, need special international support to break the vicious cycle of lack of economic development, environmental degradation, insecurity, and conflict.

Read full Q&A in Philanthropy NYU.


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