Xi stresses resolve to eliminate poverty
By MO JINGXI in Beijing and ZHANG LI in Nanning | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-05-21 07:13President Xi Jinping has urged efforts to ensure that the targets and tasks of poverty elimination are completed with high quality amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Not a single ethnic group will be left behind in China's efforts to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects this year, he said.Xi made the remarks in a recent instruction on the elimination of poverty of the entire Maonan ethnic group.The Maonan are one of the country's 28 ethnic groups with a small population. About 70 percent of the Ma...
World Bank warns pandemic could push 60 mn into extreme poverty
Washington (AFP) - The head of the World Bank warned Tuesday that the coronavirus crisis threatens to push some 60 million people into extreme poverty, wiping out the gains made over the past three years.The global lending institution is already financing aid programs in 100 countries, under its commitment to spend $160 billion over the next 15 months, bank president David Malpass said."That's home to 70 percent of the world's population. This represents a significant milestone," Malpass told a conference call.Malpass said the bank anticipates a five percent contraction in the world economy th...
MP SPEAKS | Multidimensional poverty in the time of Covid-19
MP SPEAKS | A poverty line that is inaccurately drawn fails to fully capture Malaysia’s most deprived communities – the poorest, the stateless, the differently-abled, and other vulnerable segments.For a country that has touted its great strides in poverty eradication, the common sight of deprivation call into question the nation’s measurement of poverty.The national poverty rate, measured based on the poverty line income (PLI), plunged from 49 percent in 1970 to a mere 0.4 percent in 2016, if we presume the 11th Malaysia Plan 2016 – 2020 to be true and fair.To its credit, the same Malaysia Pla...
With few computers, Romania and Bulgaria face homeschool hurdles
Darova (Romania) (AFP) - Maria Avadanei is exhilarated: after receiving a tablet as a donation, she can finally take her online lessons."I was afraid of failing my classes," says the 15-year-old from Darova, a rural commune in Transylvania in western Romania.Avadanei is among hundreds of thousands at increased risk of social exclusion after the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to close in Romania and Bulgaria, two of Europe's poorest countries.A mobile phone belonging to her mother, unemployed since November, is hardly enough for the family of seven -- and besides, "it's an old model", the ...
Government should rescue people from poverty
Many Ugandans have already felt the heat as the economy takes a beating from the Covid-19 pandemic.Reports have emerged of people who have failed to afford more than a meal a day after restrictions were issued in a bid to stem the spread of the deadly virus.Estimates from the Finance Ministry show that an additional 2.6 million Ugandans will go into poverty should Covid-19 cases keep rising.There are a few interventions put in place, like the move by Bank of Uganda to ease the Central Bank Rate (CBR) by 1 percentage point to 8 per cent. This has brought down interest rates on commercial loans ...
‘Coronavirus to leave more countries in debts, poverty’
Enormous doses of stimulus spending are offering relief from coronavirus damage, but their lifelong legacy of debt could seed future crises by hobbling economic growth and worsening poverty, it was learnt on Thursday.Central banks and governments worldwide have spent $15 trillion of stimulus via bond-buying and budget spending to cushion the blow of a global recession tipped to be the worst since the 1930s.But the steps will pile even more debts on countries already struggling with the aftermath of the 2008-9 financial crisis – total global debt has risen $87 trillion since 2007, and governmen...
Sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco trapped by virus and poverty
Deprived of work and access to aid, thousands ofmigrantsfrom sub-Saharan Africa living inMoroccoare struggling to make ends meet under Covid-19 restrictions."The misery is across the board," said Ousmane Ba, head of the Collective of sub-Saharan Communities in Morocco."Those who worked as vendorsare under lockdown without financial resources and the situation is getting worse for illegal migrants living in camps."They can't go anywhere and non-government organisations can't come to help them."The North African kingdom has long been a transit country for migrants and refugees seeking a better l...
From opera to bread line: Italy's surge in the 'new poor'
Rome (AFP) - Within 10 minutes, all the food was gone.For years, the Ronda della Solidarieta (Solidarity Patrol) charity has served up free dinners twice a week for Rome's needy, passed out at twilight in the shadow of the city's ancient ruins.But as Italy begins to feel the effects of its most punishing economic crisis since World War II, triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the number of those in need has shot up.On one recent evening, a large crowd pressed forward for the 130 bags of food handed out by volunteers, watched over by Red Cross workers.An undercurrent of desperation hung in th...
United Nations expects poverty in Iraq to double to 40% in 2020
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaertannounced on Tuesday that the poverty rate in Iraq would double to 40 per cent from around 20 per cent, where it currently stands.“The Iraqi economy is expected to contract by 9.7 per cent in 2020, with poverty rates rising to about 40 per cent,” explained Plasschaert, during a briefing at the UN Security Council.She added that: “It is expected that there will be a decrease in economic opportunities.”Plasschaert continued: “Iraq has been encouraged to establish an appropriate health...
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Nearly 1 in 5 US children left hungry since virus crisis: study
Washington (AFP) - Nearly a fifth of young children in the United States are not getting enough to eat since the coronavirus pandemic erupted, according to research out Wednesday highlighting the broader health impact of the crisis.The Brookings Institution report said a survey found that 17.4 percent of mothers with children aged 12 or under reported that their offspring were not eating enough due to lack of money."It is clear that young children are experiencing food insecurity to an extent unprecedented in modern times," said lead researcher Lauren Bauer."Food insecurity in households with ...