Humanity. What a species!

By deciding that supporting the global antipoverty elite, rather than the extreme poor themselves, is the best thing to do, humanity as a creation is directly complicit in disenfranchising those of us at the very bottom of the pyramid, and is directly responsible for making a final end to global extreme poverty a very chanceful process.

The whole idea of supporting “the world’s most effective charities”, or “only well-vetted charities”, which in reality only means supporting big western charities, is the very reason the world’s extreme poor are where they are today.

This, in particular, is what I call humanity’s pretext(s) for wanting to keep people like us in chronic poverty even in 2030.

Because it is exactly what keeps 99% of global antipoverty funding away from the extreme poor, while keeping it in the hands of people who barely work with the poor, or at best, whose work is only present in very, very few random poor communities, and which work (as one American writer says here) tends to be very short-lived.

People’s livelihoods only keep getting harder, regardless of what the world is talking in New York or in Davos, and regardless of how much is being spent on ending extreme poverty.

Young people from my country are flocking to the Middle East (Saudi, Oman, UAE etc), only to come back in caskets, because of crippling poverty and unemployment back home. 

This could all really change, and global poverty surely would end for once, if humanity directly supported the people who live in ultra poverty.

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