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  • The Causes of Poverty - This part of the globalissues.org web site looks into some of the causes of poverty. Why are poor nations poor? What are the roles of the IMF, debt, the United Nations, United States, Britain in all this? What is the effect of Structural Adjustment on developing nations?
  • Fidel Castro's Speech to the UN about World Poverty - "...Why then is it still the case that each year, 12 million children under five years of age die - that is to say 33,000 per day - of whom the overwhelming majority could be saved? Nowhere in the world, in no act of genocide, in no war, are so many people killed per minute, per hour and per day as those who are killed by hunger and poverty on our planet - 53 years after the creation of the United Nations."
  • The Institute on Race & Poverty - University of Minnesota (USA).
  • The Lottery [Rachel's Environment and Health Weekly] - "People concerned about environmental health, and about community economic development, should consider the lottery like a poisoned well. People go there seeking hope, seeking huge benefits; instead they get ripped off, impoverished by the state government that was elected to protect them. The average person who consistently invests in the lottery will remain poor forever."
  • Partnerships for Poverty Reduction - An initiative of the Economic Development Institute (EDI) of the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Inter-American Foundation (IAF). Initiatives to reduce poverty in the Caribbean region and Latin America.
  • Poor People's Embassy - Christchurch New Zealand. Advocates to give a voice to the Poor as well as teaching the Poor about their own history and explaining to the rich what it is like to be poor. Web site topics include workfare, privatisation, and rights under New Zealand law.
  • Stewards Corporation Movement - Also known as the Stewards Planetary House - A new just-being-born movement of working and non-working poor people who seek to become increasingly able to work together to care for one another together with the planet. Our approach is highly inquiry-oriented and includes new methods of social organization, economics, information technology, childcare, personal development, care of the earth, `co-obligation contracts to work together to care for one another', and much else.
  • Government benefit programs cut poverty nearly in half, analysis finds - Study on the effectiveness of government programs in reducing poverty. (September 3, 1998)

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