Ethiopia: Extreme Poverty Is a Moral Issue - World Bank


World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says with more than a billion people in the world living on less than $1.25 a day, extreme poverty has become the defining moral issue of our time, SABC reports.

Kim has also outlined how the Bank’s new strategy would realign the global institution to help end poverty by 2030 and boost shared prosperity.

Kim says the Bank should be bold and not be afraid to take ‘smart risks’ to support projects that have the potential to transform a country or a region: “Our goals are clear. End extreme poverty by 2030. Share prosperity with the bottom 40% and share it with future generations. We have an opportunity to bend the arc of history and commit ourselves to do something that other generations have only dreamed of.”

I hope and pray!


Part of the problem is that poverty is worsened by immoral, corrupt governments in developing countries. For example, does Robert Mugabe really care about the poor in Zimbabwe?


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.


Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.



Overthrow them! Use peaceful means first, but then use other means such as supporting rebels or direct military action.


Heavenly Father, Thy Will Be Done.





Supporting rebels or direct military action?? Who has the money, means, mandate, and/or military to do it? The first world? The US? Russia? Cuba? The UN? :gopray:


We’re talking crimes against humanity. If we have the military might to intervene in Iraq and Afghanistan, why not countries with evil dictators?


Great…so now, not only do I have to share my “prosperity” here in my own country, now I’m going to have to share it with another 1.3 billion people around the world. Why do I work? Why shouldn’t I just work part time and apply for as much assistance as I can? Why can’t someone else pay my bills?


My friend. Please seek the definition of extreme poverty and I challenge you to post this again. :smiley:


I think that it has been mentioned here (:rolleyes:) before but the Church does not support the notion of using war as a means to an end. Also, just how “evil” does a dictator have to be before you snap your fingers and say “get him?” Of course, this all completely ignores the entire subject of international law, too. Or do you believe that we are free to ignore the law when it furthers our own agenda?


I do know the definition of extreme poverty, thank you very much. You would probably get a good laugh if you saw how much I make a year. Minus from that the taxes, house and car insurance, medical and dental and the monthly bills plus what I give to the Church and charities, and you would probably fall over yourself laughing at what is left. I have to pay taxes in this country or I can loose everything I own; and, yet, I am suppose to also eradicate the poverty of over 1/7th of the world?


Well, it looks like you are already sharing if you give it to the charities. :thumbsup:

However, often we think that we can’t help, but it takes few to help who have nothing. Of course you are not required to do all the job alone. There is a lot of work to be done at all levels of society. I don’t think this is a communist/socialist or whatever ‘ist’ agenda. Yet it just looks like what we are doing is not enough, myself, a fully in debt unemployed student included. I am finding a lot of contradictions in our excuses to not help a bit more. We waste 1/3 of our food.

So, I think we can’t distance ourselves from them because we have few, because our few doesn’t compare to what they have. And if you want real measure extreme poverty you will find that it is not just about money and food. They don’t have also health and education. So they have a lot of less opportunities to prosper. Myself, I hope that my greatest contribution will be on education as I hope to dedicate myself to a voluntary cause in the near future, but this is just daydreaming, I have no intention to blame no one, I just know I could do better :shrug:


Thats exactly what happened -they overthrew their colonial rulers and immediately descended into the primary form of democracy prevalent in Africa. “one man, ,one vote, once”


We are out of Iraq and getting out of Afghanristan. What you would say to those who say we do not have the right to force others to do what we want them to do? If those are ‘crimes against humanity’, why do we have to take care of them? How about the World Court? Why can’t they do something? :stuck_out_tongue:


Very well stated, Bob. We need more speeches and another spring ;).


Something is wrong with the World Court when so many innocent children are dying of starvation. Can you imagine the rest of the world not lifting a finger to end the Holocaust if it was happening today? Crimes are crimes, and action is needed to correct these wrongdoings.


What do you expect the world to do?


Yes, the message is always the same: Socialism kills! When the individual is nothing but a subject of a despotic government, misery and despair ensue. But this means nothing to the socialist, or progressive. Power and control is EVERYTHING in a world without God , civility and morals. :ouch: Rob


We lack the military force necessary to overthrow every despotic goverment in the world. In America today, moreover, we’d be sacrificing lives and treasure merely to replace them with fresh statists. :shrug: Rob

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