Analyse the Causes of Poverty in the World and Evaluate Attempts to Address It on a Global Scale

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Analyse the Causes of Poverty in the World and Evaluate Attempts to Address it on a Global Scale

Poverty is the state of being extremely poor and being inferior in quality. Nearly half of the world’s population, nearly 3 billion people, live on less than two dollars a day and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the poorest 48 nations is less than the wealth of the world’s three richest people combined. Poverty can be caused by many issues particularly social and economic reasons. There have been many attempts to address poverty on a global scale and these will be explored.

Firstly, a country’s poverty level is affected by overpopulation and can depend on the population density and its agricultural ability. For example, in
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It is difficult for governments to afford good public school particularly in the rural areas. For example in sub-Saharan African about 60% of children attend elementary school, whereas in developed countries virtually all children have access to education. Without having a basic education it is difficult to find income generating jobs that are unskilled so creating poverty. Additionally, many people in developing countries do not attend school at all as they have to concentrate on making a minimal living. Also, even if they have an education, the possibility they will find a suitable employment is unlikely and so many people do not see the reason to go to school. Therefore, with little encouragement being given by the government or other organisations, people are not seeking to get an education therefore holding on to poorly paid jobs causing poverty in the world.

One economic cause of poverty is the global distribution of resources. It is unequally distributed in developing countries and these countries have problems of poverty that is persistent. In recent years, most countries have attempted to develop their economies using industry and technology with varying success. Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand have now become fairly wealthy with good economies and now with lower levels of poverty. But ,as previously said, other developing countries lack the essential raw materials and knowledge and skills gained through formal education and training. They also lack
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