This article was originally published in Afrokanlife.com
They are 7 Billions human living on planet earth. Out of 7 Billions, 1 billion people are poor.
Now, it is really important to agree on a common definition of poor. According to the UN, if you live on less than a dollar a day, you are very poor. This measure is used for the poor worldwide.
According to Wikipedia, poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. And absolute poverty or destitution refers to the deprivation of basic human needs, which commonly includes food, water, sanitation, clothing, shelter, health care and education. Relative poverty is defined contextually as economic inequality in the location or society in which people live.
I tend to agree more with Wikipedia than the United Nations. I have issues with the UN “less than a dollar a day”. So for the reminder of this post, we will adopt the Wikipedia definition.
You want to participate in the development on your country? You don’t really know where or even how to start.
Let me introduce you to books that will help you understand the problem and also provide practical solutions.
Understand the problem: Why is Africa the way it is? Understand the context, know your history!
In this section, I recommend fiction and non-fiction. The fiction work is based on reality.
1. Things Fall apart By Chinua Achebe (Nigeria: The Effect of the colonization)
Is Aid good or bad?
4. Dead Aid By Dambisa Moyo – Aid id Bad
Practical Solutions: Read, Think and Be the change you want to see!
7. Poor economics: A radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty By Esther Duflo and Abijhit Barnajee (Education, Entrepreneurship, Family planning, Food, Health, Microfinance, Insurance, Policy, Banking & Finance )
Inspiration: Read and Be inspired. These authors have tried some of the most avant-gardiste idea and write about it!
11. Unbowed By Wangari Maathai (Leadership, advocacy, superwomen, change)
Where do you go from here? The only way is forward!