• Poor people often lack access to fresh food, clean water and sanitation.
  • Poor people lack access to quality education and healthcare.
  • There is a direct link between poverty and malnutrition, which continues to be a major health burden in developing countries.
  • Many low-income households are extremely vulnerable to poverty if they experience even one crisis such as a natural disaster.

  • History of colonialism.
  • War and political instability stunts economic growth and prosperity due to financial burdens that have to be sustained by governments.
  • Some nations are financially indebted to wealthier, developed countries.
  • Income inequality results in decreasing levels of economic mobility and rising levels of poverty.
  • Recurrent natural disasters in some regions hamper efforts to redevelop the economy, forcing societies out of their living space to areas where they lack access to basic needs such as food, water and healthcare.
  • Government expenditure is channeled to other areas rather than uplifting poverty-stricken regions.

  • Higher crime rates are associated with poorer living conditions.
  • Poverty can result in escapism where some individuals may consider the use of drugs to relieve mental stress.
  • The inability to finance education for children results in economic immobility and employment into low-skill jobs with low pay.
  • Lack of access to quality education compromises child development and affects cognitive development which impacts their future job prospects.
  • Mortality rates, including infant mortalities, are likely to rise as a result of the inability to afford medical care.

  • Provide equal access to quality education for all levels of society and increase their opportunities for better employment and living conditions.
  • Governments should finance public housing for vulnerable societies as a first step, to improve  living conditions, cleanliness  and sanitation in affected regions.
  • Restructure debt for countries who are required to repay their debts to relieve the pressure imposed on vulnerable populations.
  • Implement and raise minimum wages for low-skilled workers.
  • Increase financial literacy among the young and elderly so that they can function independently and become self-sufficient.
  • Expose girls to prospective careers in STEM and encourage them to take on roles in the field. Increased women participation in jobs contributes to the countries’ economy and raises overall household incomes.
  • Reduce corruption and increase transparency into government expenditures to provide insight into finances that aren’t allocated for poverty reduction.
  • Introduce universal health insurance coverage globally to overcome financial hardships.