Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Who is responsible for mitigating poverty?

Wow. Check out this chart:
Interesting, Americans' feelings on how they, as individuals, can affect the world.

However, it seems to me that Americans actually have more ability to mitigate international poverty than they have to mitigate terrorism. A dollar or an hour goes a long way with kiva.org and its partners, Or heifer.org, or microplace.com.

I am much more skeptical of US citizens' ability to personally "fight" terror.

And check out who has responsibility for alleviating standard of living disparities across the world: poor countries' governments.

It makes sense that much of the responsibility for mitigating poverty lies with those who have the ability to to so. I wonder if these numbers will change now that private individuals can work to fight poverty more easily. And more people know about how to do it, too!

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source of charts:
http://www.compassion.com/presscenter/2006-Barna-Poverty-HIV-AIDS-Poll.pdf

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