Elimination of Poverty. A Complicated problem with too many easy solutions.

The words above are simple right? Elimination of extreme poverty. Today most people live quite comfortably. With access to a job, home, food and so on. But as always there is a bad side to the good. People live day by day without getting the basic needs and are not able to get a job. You mind must have immediately switched to Africa, but the problem isn’t only there. It’s global.

In the US, In Indonesia, In Brazil and practically every country on the planet there are people who barely scrape by the basic needs a Human requires. This is Poverty. Not being able to get the bacic thing we take for granted now like food, shelter and safety.

So, what can we do? The obvious thing we can do I share the wealth right? Well you don’t want to give away the money you have don’t ya? So why don’t just give away old clothes that no longer serves any purpose as compensation. You help a poor soul and can feel pat yourself on the back about it. Well I got news for you. Giving away things hurts the local economy. If a person has the items they desire acquired without purchasing from local businesses, there will be no money going around in the economy. This happened in Kenya with the Texture industry taking heavy hits when a lot of clothes were given away. This cost people jobs in the industry therefore making the problem worse. Good intentions, bad execution.

Okay, so we should just give the government money to fix the problems of poverty right? Well there’s a problem with that solution. Once you give them the money, what control do you have once you’ve given them the money? This is what happened in Ethiopia. Perhaps the most well-known scam on the globe that the dictator is pulling. Around 30 billion dollars have been given and the world has yet to see an improvement of the famines and drought relief in the country.

So… can we solve it? Yes, but there is too little time spent on thinking of solutions.  Just throwing money at the problem will not solve anything. Neither will giving away stuff that will only hurt the local economy.  The only way we can guarantee that something will be done is to organize the money gathering. By buying supplies that help the local populace, like food and water. By doing this a child for example can have more time to go to school instead of providing for the family.

In conclusion. Poverty isn’t just something concentrated in Africa. But it’s the most widespread there. With good solutions we can fix the problems and poverty will be exterminated. But with corruption and misused resources, a problem can be become bigger. It may be slow, but change will happen. Because when times moves forward, so does the progress to change.


Sources: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/06/second-hand-clothing-donations-kenya