Today, there is increasing awareness of the moral, economic and security challenges posed by global poverty. Governments, the private sector and a broad range of non-governmental organizations are working—often in collaboration—to create new tools and bring to scale the innovative approaches that can sustain poverty alleviation.
Much more can and should be done to seize new windows of opportunity and to tackle even the most daunting obstacles. While poverty has been reduced in some parts of the world, it is on the rise in others. In an increasingly competitive global environment, targeted initiatives are essential, such as creating jobs to generate domestic savings and reduce dependence on aid, linking businesses and NGOs in new collaborative initiatives, and equipping young leaders to organize communities, fight poverty and create wealth.
EarthTrends Poverty Resource
EarthTrends provides easily-accessible statistical, graphic and analytical information about poverty—the maps especially are a powerful tool—built off of the 2005 World Resources Report. EarthTrends itself is a comprehensive online database, maintained by the World Resources Institute, that focuses on the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world.