One of the most important challenges facing us today is economic growth and poverty alleviation. In a time when jobs are being lost, income levels are stagnant, and people are becoming poorer by the day, the question of economic development and poverty alleviation remains at the fore front. What can we do to alleviate poverty? What can we do to promote economic growth in developing countries? How do you stop the worst of economic disasters from striking down the people who suffer it?
The first step to solving this problem is developing a global platform for economic growth and poverty alleviation. Today, there are absolutely no cooperation, no meaningful dialogue, and no real impact on development between developed and developing countries. At best, what you see on the surface is lip service and empty promises. There is a tendency for developed countries to participate in the common economic strategies of the developing world and pool in the funds to make up for shortfalls. However, this is not an effective way forward, as it does not address the root causes of poverty.
The second step that needs to be taken is to create more economic development programs and policies that address the needs of the poor people and provide them with the basic tools to lead a decent life. A good example of this is the grants provided by the governments of the USA and the European Union. These policies actually work! The difference lies in the fact that the poor people of America and Europe are provided with financial assistance that allows them to purchase the necessary items that lead to a better quality of life.
The third step is to design policies that focus on economic growth and poverty alleviation. This means that development programs must take into consideration issues like economic growth, employment, access to education and health care, environmental degradation, etc. All these factors negatively impact the lives of the poor people. Economic policies must therefore concentrate on development and growth of the economy. The focus should not only be on economic growth but also on the reduction of poverty and the reduction of other social indicators that affect the lives of the poor people.
When the above steps are properly implemented, there is no reason why poverty and economic development cannot go hand in hand. Economic policies must also be developed that address the needs of the people and their requirements in times of emergencies. The policies must give priority to the quality of life and the promotion of good health. Poor health conditions will not only lead to a more rapid decline in the lives of the poor people, but also to a more rapid deterioration of their economic conditions. Thus, effective economic development and poverty alleviation are two sides of the same coin. Policy makers must therefore promote economic development by developing effective policies that tackle the issues of development and poverty alleviation simultaneously.
There is another important concept that must be understood to understand the link between economic growth and poverty alleviation. This concept is called the principle of abundance. According to this principle, the more the number of people, the better it is for each person because there will be enough to do regardless of how much each person earns. If this abundance is not sustained then it can result to either poverty or to a state of abundance. Therefore, effective policies must therefore address both development and poverty alleviation to ensure that everyone has a right to live in abundance.
It . . . . . . must also be understood that effective economic policies must be adopted in the face of extreme circumstances such as calamity, civil unrest and natural disasters. In times like these, it is difficult to implement development plans and policies that will address poverty and alleviate poverty at the same time. Effective policies must therefore be developed that can overcome the issues of crisis and emergency in order to give priority to development and alleviation. This does not mean that development and poverty alleviation are mutually exclusive concepts. The two concepts must complement each other and work hand in hand to give hope to the poor people and improve the economic condition of the country. It is important that poverty is tackled adequately to ensure that it does not grow and worsen the conditions of the poor people.
Achieving development and poverty alleviation at the same time means that both must be working hand in glove so as to achieve the overall objective of economic growth and poverty alleviation. If only one aspect is neglected then both these concepts will be ineffectual and no positive changes will be seen in the lives of the poor people. Both poverty alleviation and development are interrelated and cannot be separated from each other. In fact they go hand in hand and work hand in hand. For this reason, poverty must be tackled comprehensively by creating policies and programs that will eradicate poverty and develop infrastructure that will ensure that poor people have access to basic necessities.