The worlds poverty has reduced but is still a big issue and many people are suffering because they cannot provide for themselves or their families. People don't only have to search for shelter from war but also poverty, hopelessness and according to IOM (International organisation of migration) there will be around 200 million refugees because of climate change by 2050.
The consequences of giving aid in non catastrophic areas.
To help people in need is a natural and very important thing to do. But sometimes that good intention can be more of a hindrance than help. The consequences of aid in non catastrophic areas could sometimes hinder people more than help them. When farmers are unable to sell their harvest because the access to free food from different help organizations are to big, something is very wrong. Or when money are given to build schools and hospitals but in reality the money have disappeared in deep pockets of corruption and crime. Giving aid is something that helps for the short moment and is necessary in catastrophic areas but as a permanent solution it doesn’t have many benefits.
1 year old Mukau Tree
The same Mukau Tree 3 years later
Make the economic wheel spin
By creating work opportunity and helping people provide for themselves makes the economic wheel spin. An individual that gets a salary and has money can buy goods and services who needs costumers to provide for their family. In a wellbeing economy the purchasing power leads to money flow which then leads to infrastructure in the communities.
For this to be able to happen it’s necessary to create work opportunities that fulfil real needs, use commercial game rules such as supply and demand. Preferably in areas where the demand will also be high in the future as well. It’s also effective to help people to start their own businesses. The best way is with microcredit which are loans with no collateral and with an interest that makes it possible for the loan taker to be able to pay it back while they build their businesses. Muhammas Yunus was awarder the Nobel peace price in 2006 for his microcredit business in Bangladesh.
Experience shows that women help the family more then the men do. It is also harder and more dangerous for women to get employment. They are often more responsible when it comes to economy so it’s not a strange thing that most of microcredits are given to women. This is why it’s also necessary to create work that benefits the women in the community.
If children are not given the opportunity to education it’s very likely that they won’t learn anything new. It’sIn many cases a question of corruption which is very big in many countries that has had to rely on help from other countries. Often it’s to late to show and teach adults the consequences of corruption and the effect it has on the economy. If we can teach the children honesty and fight corruption it would be possible to build a sustainable economic foundation for the children to give to many generations ahead.
In the semi-desert part of Kenya many people live under $2 a day
More than 50 per cent of the farmers in the semi-desert part of eastern Africa live under United Nations poverty threshold of $2 a day. The unemployment rate in these areas are very high (60-65%) and many of the people living there are farmers that try to survive on small scale farming. This can be very though since the drought and lack of water makes the land close to useless. In many cases where the drought has made it impossible to conduct farming on, the men in the family moves to a bigger town or city to find work. The unemployment rate is also high in the city and it is hard to find a job. Often they end up in the slum areas in the outskirts of the city and are to ashamed of returning home without any money.
The worlds largest slum area, Kibera in Nairobi.
Two of the three largest slum areas in the world are located in Nairobi. Unemployment rate is very high and so is the crime rate.
As a result of this the semi-desert depopulates and most of the people left are single mothers with children whose help is needed at home and has therefore no possibility to attend school.
This leads to areas that depopulate since anyone that can afford moves to where they hope they can find job opportunities. The purchasing power is crucial to be able to resist the temptation of leaving elders and in some cases even their own children, to move to the slum areas around cities to find job opportunities.
Grandparents that take care of the children while mother and father are looking for work in the city.