Diakonia - People change the world
Tinadjoum Mahamar is one of very few women in the village of Toya in Mali who knows how to read. Thanks to income-generating projects focusing on farming and tree plantation, Tinadjoum and the other women are now able to send their children to school. Photo: Karl Melander

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 doesn´t 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 wealthy countries

The issue of poverty is also an issue of wealth. Today, people in the wealthy 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 countries that are already rich and put the poorest at a disadvantage.

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 due to the looming climate crisis that is a threat to the survival of 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, this would constitute a giant leap forward in the work on eradicating poverty. For this reason, Diakonia has identified a number of areas in which we work to bring about change that will benefit women and men living in poverty.