Day 79: The good news on poverty

U2 front-man Bono decided to let only the facts sing in this heartening TED talk.

Instead of the everyday media reports of poverty, civil war and disease, he wants us to look at the positive changes which have occurred over the last twenty years and build momentum to lobby for further development.

Since the year 2000, over 7000 fewer children die daily because of the ease of access to anti-retrovirals. The number of people living on less than a dollar a day has decreased from 43% in 1990 to 33% in 2000 and is 2010 was as low as 21%. Should this trajectory continue, by 2030 nobody will live on less than a dollar a day. The ‘Pride of Lions’; a set of African countries which is composed of the likes of Uganda, Burkina Faso and Cameroon; have halved extreme poverty.

Bono tells us the opportunity is there, but so is the jeopardy. By accepting we can get things done and taking action, the collective voice of the world can expose corruption and lobby for change. He finishes with the inspirational words of Wael Ghanim, who set up one of the Facebook groups behind Tahir Square in Cairo.

We are going to win because we don’t understand politics. We are going to win because we don’t play their dirty games. We are going to win because we don’t have a party political agenda. We are going to win because the tears that come from our eyes actually come from our hearts. We are going to win because we have dreams and we’re willing to stand up for these dreams.”

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