(CWA) Conference on World Affairs
The 67th Annual Conference on World Affairs (CWA) held between 6th and 10th April 2015 at the University of Colorado Boulder, had many moderators discussing various topics among them; poverty reduction. At Agile-International, we could not help it but also give our views on the same topic since it is a core objective of this organization.
The world has undoubtedly become smaller especially with the robust spreading of communication infrastructures across the globe. Technological factors such as the mobile phone technology and internet connection has made it easier for governments and organizations such as Agile-International to reach out to the world with regards to projects of poverty reduction. It is therefore in line when the discussion at the CWA talked of “a small world” in the discussion about poverty reduction.
As discussed in a previous blog article titled; “No country for poor men, women and children” – the millennium development goals are intertwined and related to the aspect of poverty reduction. That is the reason why non-governmental organizations and governments at large have come together to address the key issues that are breeding poverty around the world.
One of the key issues that is already being addressed is child education and improvement of the literacy levels among adults. Agile-International is on the forefront of this achievement by empowering women in Timbuktu, Mali as the focus spreads to the West African Region. When the women of Timbuktu are given access to fertile land and educated on modern methods of practicing farming, they end up fighting poverty in two major scales: First by feeding their families and secondly by affording education for their children.
When these children grow to adulthood and achieve academic excellence, they will in turn transform their societies by inventing and innovating even better methods of sustaining their livelihood. Lack of education on the other hand has evidently shown no success in ending poverty and conflict as evident in the war-torn nations such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia just to mention a few.
Technology has enabled organizations like Agile-International to reach out to donors for funding projects in Mali and this is evidence that indeed poverty will be reduced significantly across this ‘small world’. If it were not for technology and other communication platforms such as the media houses, most of the war-torn nations in the past would still be at war. The international community has always been informed by the bold reporters who have continuously risked their lives to relay such information as it happens. The same case applies to areas facing starvation or spread of dangerous, preventable diseases. Without this small world of first hand communication even through the social media, many cases would go unreported and citizens in these parts of the world would never receive assistance.
In conclusion, Agile-International is of the strong belief that poverty can and will be eradicated if the world continued to relate on similar catastrophes including climate change as a major effect of global warming. These catastrophes are preventable and treatable as long as governments, donors and organizations of good-will realize that poverty is propagating in the same calamities.
By Leshao Ole Lekasi – Blogger at Agile-International