In every way, the only way global poverty can end, is by putting the ultra poor, i.e., those of us at the very bottom of the pyramid, directly at the helm of ending extreme poverty.

Why?

Because, in a place like ours, i.e., Kamuli & Buyende, a really impoverished, remote rural region that stretches over 3,300 sq km, it is very hard to spot a single activity that is taking place to end extreme poverty, let alone as a result of the global fight against poverty.

The extreme poor, meanwhile, permanently live in these impoverished communities, and are therefore best placed to end extreme poverty, with continuity, if only they were at the helm.

The bad news, though, is:

Today, only 1% of ALL the money that is intended to end global poverty, is what goes directly to the extreme poor in the global south.

Everything that I have gone through to date, only adds to my firm belief that:

Putting the world’s ultra poor — the people who themselves come from very screwed backgrounds, and who themselves subsist on less than $1.9 a day — directly at the helm of ending extreme poverty, is the sole thing that can end global poverty.

Call it the bottom-up approach.

Regardless of how much the global community expends on ending extreme poverty, real change can only come when the ultra poor are at the helm, or when they are accorded the means to take charge of events.

My name is Anthony, a farmer in eastern Uganda.

I come from a very screwed background, and have spent the vast portion of my life in ultra poverty, but what bothers me most, is the fact that nearly household in my region lives in extreme poverty.

To me, everything that I have gone through to date, only adds to my firm belief that the only way global poverty can end, is by putting the ultra poor, i.e., the people who themselves live on <$1.9 a day in the global south, directly at the helm of ending extreme poverty.

For now, however, I am very convinced this is something that will never ever happen, under current approaches to ending global poverty.

So, for the period leading up to 2030, I have set for myself a new goal:

Between now and December 31, 2030, I will be using every single minute that I am awake, to persistently rage, and to consistently vent my pain, until humanity as a species a) changes its approaches to ending global poverty and b) drops its pretext(s) for wanting to keep people like us in chronic poverty even in 2030. 

So help me God. Help me dear humanity.