While all regions of the world embattle climate change, developing countries face disproportionately harmful effects because of their geographic exposure, low incomes and greater reliance on climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture. The result has been poverty affecting the most vulnerable people in these countries. We challenge this multidimensional poverty by addressing the factors that constitute their experience of deprivation – such as food security, water & sanitation, safe habitat, poor health, lack of education, lack of income and disempowerment.
In developing economies, women are primarily responsible for running the household through food crop farming and securing water for household use. For water-stress communities, women endure the daily and lifelong challenge of trekking several kilometers to fetch water from streams and rivers for cooking, gardening and household consumption. READ MORE
The Youth comprises nearly 30 percent of the world’s population and in developing countries, they are often neglected and overlooked by policy makers. This can largely be attributed to business-as-usual concern for immediate solutions to problems of national development, with an erroneous perception that youth are not yet industrious and contributing members of society. READ MORE
In some developing countries, the lack of potable water brings to children the burden of joining family members to fetch water for household use. And when climate change affects crop yield, parents resort to engaging children to support on the farms as additional labour to boost output. The timing for these activities frequently coincide with school hours such that READ MORE
Rural farmers manage approximately 500 million small farms and provide over 80 per cent of the food consumed in large parts of the developing world, particularly Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. They contribute to food security and poverty alleviation is such that, as one study showed, a one-per-cent increase in agricultural per-capita Gross Domestic READ MORE
Indigenous peoples have rich and ancient cultures and regard their socio-economic, spiritual and environmental systems as strongly interconnected and interdependent. As a result, they make valuable contributions to the world’s heritage thanks to their traditional knowledge and understanding of ecosystem management. However, they are among the world’s most vulnerable, marginalised and READ MORE
The poorest communities in developing countries tend to be minority communities that have been targets of long-standing discrimination and exclusion from development interventions. Poverty here must be viewed as both a cause and a manifestation of the diminished rights, opportunities, and social advancement available to the members of those communities. If poverty reduction READ MORE