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Blog Action Day: Poverty and Peace!

Today thousands of bloggers all over the world are blogging about poverty and what to do about it. This is this year’s theme for Blog Action Day. Pop over there to see it as it happens.

Muhammad Yunus, the Father of micro credit scheme the Grameen Bank and Nobel Peace Prize winner, certainly thinks poverty is a threat to peace. He said, when accepting the prize that:

” By giving us this prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has given important support to the proposition that peace is inextricably linked to poverty. Poverty is a threat to peace.”
(you can read all his remarks here ).

As you might be aware micro credit schemes have been successfully applied in many contexts, and, while not a panacea, have shown that the poor (and certainly poor women) are, contrary to received ideas, not bad credit risks, that they do want to improve their condition and that they are highly motivated to do so, if only given a bit of assistance. This also demonstrates that development aid does not necessarily have to be very high tech (at least at first) or to even put a lot of pressure on already strapped first world national budgets (it never has actually). Rather a minimum of infrastructure and a minimum of individual support injected into societies where there is already an ethos of collective action can be very effective. This is definitely one area where thinking outside the box, or maybe refusing to accept that the “box” even exists can reveal new approaches and a basis for hope that poverty is not an intractable problem.


October 15, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Thank you for a great post that debunks some of the stereotypes people have about poverty. Microfinancing is a wonderful way to help struggling people get on their feet and even bring a whole community out of poverty! I’ve dugg your post for you and will be back! Thank you for your support of Blog Action Day.

    Comment by classicalgeek | October 15, 2008 | Reply

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