How to help

Charity

The first instinct is to give a little of your money or things.

Such a gesture is valuable for the poor, because in the countries of the Global South, the currency from our countries in the Global North is much more valuable than in our country – more can be bought there. For a small donation someone can live a day longer or get a cure for a serious illness.

Voluntary

More determined people decide to go on a voluntary service. Their work for poor societies is full of sacrifices and risks, but it radically raises the quality of life of the natives, especially the work of specialists such as doctors.

However, the costs of trips to volunteering are high.

Charity and volunteering try to reduce the symptoms of poverty. However, they are not able to eliminate the causes, because the scale of needs in the world is too great. Continue reading “How to help”

A map of the stores with Fair Trade products

Let’s make a map of fair trade products.

It is not easy to find them in stores. If you have found a fair trade product in the store, please report it to us!

Try to get as much information as possible about the product found. In particular, not only where you can buy it, but where it comes from, if you know.

Fair trade is crucial for poor countries. By buying, you can judge whether the manufacturer’s country is underdeveloped (IHDI is about 0.3) or medium developed (IHDI is about 0.6). On the map there are colorful dots indicating the degree of social development in each country – IHDI. Red means the lowest level of development, then orange, yellow and green.

Please fill as many fields as possible. Thanks!

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The best way to help poor countries

The most effective philanthropy is to do something in order that philanthropy no longer needed.

The best way to support people in poor countries is to buy there.

Buying is better than sending stuff, sending money, giving loans, investing because in supported countries:

  • It activates entrepreneurship, which results in economic growth that brings about prosperity,
  • Increases the demand for employees,
  • Allows to maintain dignity,
  • Does not fix the attitude “I’ll be poorer, the more I’ll get”,
  • Earned money can be spent exactly as needed,
  • Does not make any commitments in the future.

So buy in poor countries, even if we do not really need anything or even if we can buy it somewhere else.

If you intend to donate something, it is better not to give anything away for free, but there buy a product or service, even for the local community.

Continue reading “The best way to help poor countries”

Official development assistance

38 of the richest states spend 0.5% of their revenue (on average) on Official Development Assistance (ODA) for 162 countries and territories.

This aid represents 3% of the total income of the 70 poorest countries. With ODA their average national income per capita is $ 1717, and without this year’s grant it would be $ 1684 (the world average is $ 10850). Continue reading “Official development assistance”

Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the UN defined the Sustainable Development program. Goal 1 is to eradicate poverty, and the first way to achieve defined objectives is to invest in underdeveloped countries.

The needs of developing countries are estimated at $ 3.3 trillion to $ 4.5 trillion per year.

Such subsidies would immediately increase incomes of poor countries (which have a GNI of less than $ 3,628 per person) to 26% to 29% of average national income per person in the world. At present, national income per person in poor countries accounts for an average of 16% (from 3% in Burundi to 32% in Micronesia) of average national income per person in the world.

Nothing special. If we were distributing to all poor countries in proportion to their needs, $ 3.3 trillion, then in India the poverty rate would be about the same as it is in Swaziland, and after $ 4.5 trillion – as in Palestine now.

Such subsidies ($ 3.3 trillion to $ 4.5 trillion), under current socio-economic systems, would immediately reduce the number of malnourished people by 88 million to 108 million, respectively (now in the poor countries there are 440 million undernourished people).

Even in rich countries there is a small percentage of poor and malnourished people. The complete elimination of poverty requires a new social welfare system, such as “Universal basic income“. Continue reading “Sustainable Development Goals”

Fair contributions

Example

Imagine the following situation. I have 1500 income, you have 1100, and our homeless friend 200. We decided to help him by donating 10% of our income. Is this contribution fair?

So I’ll give him 150, you 110, 260 together. I’ll stay in my pocket 1350 and you’ll get 990.

But the necessary expenses, such as rent, for each of us both are 1000.

So after paying the necessary expenses, I will have the amount of 350, and you will run out of money!

We can not agree on a seemingly equal percentage contribution.

All types of contributions are fair if they are equal to the percentage of the disposable amount, ie the amount remaining after the necessary expenses have been paid. Continue reading “Fair contributions”