1.4 billion people on our planet live in extreme poverty. The Global Poverty Project's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action to see an end to extreme poverty.
In our world, 1.4 billion people continue to live in extreme poverty – living on less than US$1.25 a day.
Progress towards poverty reduction targets has been significant, but more needs to be done in order to reach current global targets, and to end extreme poverty within a generation.
The Global Poverty Project exists to strengthen the momentum created by the existing movement to end extreme poverty, and to increase the number of everyday people joining their voice to the call for an end to extreme poverty.
Recognising the need to engage people with previous successes of the international anti-poverty movement, and to increase global support for the work of NGOs, governments, multilateral agencies, academics and civil society, the Global Poverty Project developed 1.4 Billion Reasons: a world-class multimedia presentation.
1.4 Billion Reasons explains the facts of extreme poverty and provides audiences with the information and tools they need to take effective action against extreme poverty.
The Presentation was developed over 8 months, the result of a collaboration between Global Poverty Project researchers and an expert advisory panel.
The Presentation provides a framework through which the issue of extreme poverty can be considered, and is structured around five key questions:
Throughout the Presentation, the Global Poverty Project emphasises that:
- What is extreme poverty?
- Can we do anything about it?
- What are the barriers to ending extreme poverty?
- Why should we care?
- What can we do?
- Extreme poverty and the issues around it are important, urgent and relate to every person,
- The global community has the capacity to end extreme poverty within a generation, and every person can play a part in making this happen,
- Global action is required to overcome the challenges associated with extreme poverty, and
- Although change will not be quick or easy, every person can play an important role in helping to achieve global poverty reduction goals.
To engage all members of our community we have developed tailored versions of the Presentation for universities, schools, faith groups, community groups and conference - find out more here.
These tools educate communities and serve as a catalyst to tackle extreme poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and in doing so reframing the media debate on poverty
This project is inspiring.
Australian actor and Global Advisory Panel Member.
We're impressed particularly by the very practical approach towards mobilising communities and policy makers around the world so that they can take practical and measureable steps to combat poverty.
CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation
We strongly support this initiative.
Director, United Nations Millennium Campaign