Global politics and economics that favour the poor
In the world today, approximately 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty. Many of them lack both food for the day and the power to change their lives. It does not need to be like this. We have the resources required to eliminate poverty. What is needed now is political will and leaders with the courage to make decisions that lead to just and sustainable development.
The responsibility of the rich world
The issue of poverty is also about wealth. Today, people in the rich parts of the world consume the majority of the world’s natural resources. Many of the global regulatory frameworks that govern the world economy and political decision-making favour the already rich countries and disadvantage the poorest.
Diakonia is working for structural change
This is why Diakonia is working to change the political and economic structures that cause poverty and prevent people from living a dignified life. The issue of global regulatory frameworks that take into consideration the poorest people in the world is even more pressing after the global financial crisis, particularly the looming climate crisis that is a survival threat to the poor and their livelihoods. Hardest hit of all are women, who comprise approximately 70 percent of those living in extreme poverty.
If global regulatory frameworks and institutions focus on the needs of poorer countries, that would be a giant leap forward in the work of wiping out poverty. For this reason, Diakonia has identified a number of areas in which we work to affect change that will benefit women and men living in poverty.