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Old 08-22-2020, 01:18 PM
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I've seen a lot of TED talks and self-congratulatory articles over recent years bragging about the dramatic positive achievements in the fight against global poverty, leading me to have more optimism than warranted based on this new report.

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The world is at an existential crossroads involving a pandemic, a deep economic recession, devastating climate change, extreme inequality, and an uprising against racist policies. Running through all of these challenges is the longstanding neglect of extreme poverty by many governments, economists, and human rights advocates.

By single-mindedly focusing on the World Bank’s flawed international poverty line, the international community mistakenly gauges progress in eliminating poverty by reference to a standard of miserable subsistence rather than an even minimally adequate standard of living. This in turn facilitates greatly exaggerated claims about the impending eradication of extreme poverty and downplays the parlous state of impoverishment in which billions of people still subsist.

Philip Alston Condemns Failed Global Poverty Eradication Efforts - NYU School of Law – CHRGJ
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