Blog Action Day!

It’s October 15: Blog Action Day!  Bloggers all over the world are writing posts dealing with poverty-related issues.  You can check out recent posts and activity at Blog Action Day’s home page.

I’m just checking in for the moment — I’m planning to write a more substantive post this evening — but here are a few thoughts while I’m here:

This year’s Blog Action Day topic, poverty, just gets more and more relevant with each passing day of turmoil in global markets.  Most of us are well aware of the threats the current crisis poses to investments, retirement accounts, the job market, and so on.  But the possible implications run far beyond this.  And, as usual, it’s the world’s poorest who are likely to be hurt the most by economic problems in rich countries.  Here’s an excerpt from a new report from the Center for Global Development:

Though today’s financial crisis began in the world’s richest nation, there is good reason to worry about how it will affect the world’s poor. A recent series of posts explores the implications. The contagions of freeze-up and slowdown will spread through many channels: trade, investment, migration, and more.

In particular, as governments pour trillions of dollars and euros of aid into their banks, it will be unsurprising if their spending on aid for poor countries—currently about $80 billion/year—falls. (See Saturday’s story in the Washington Post.) After each previous financial crisis in a donor country since 1970, the country’s aid has declined. “Every” in this case refers to four instances: Japan after its real estate and stock bubble burst in 1990; and Finland, Norway, and Sweden after their shared crisis in 1991.

Even as many of us feel the effects of financial upheaval in our own lives, we need to remember that many people are likely to suffer far, far worse.  Please keep them in your thoughts, and especially prayers.

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~ by h.e.g. on October 15, 2008.

5 Responses to “Blog Action Day!”

  1. indeed.

    for my part, i turn to sites like freerice (rice donation), kiva (microfinance), and goodsearch (donation per search), as ways to help alleviate poverty online. i also put up their banners on my blog. :)

    saw this post via the front page of blog action day. it’s great that you’re participating. :)

  2. Yes, thank you so much for helping to put the poverty of millions in perspective and for participating in this Blog Action Day!
    It’s truly amazing important it is to not only keep in mind how relatively fortunate many of us are, and to do our part here at home and for the global poor, but also to raise awareness (So thanks for doing your part!) of how far foreign aid can go when it’s smartly invested. I work for an organization called Millennium Promise, co-founded by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, that seeks to combine the best scientific and local knowledge, Millennium Villages address all the major problems of extreme poverty simultaneously to assist communities on their way to self-sustainable development. Essentially we’re working to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eight globally endorsed objectives that address the many aspects of extreme poverty – in Africa by 2015. The project implements community-led interventions in agriculture, health, education and infrastructure to help communities lift themselves out of extreme poverty. The project currently reaches 80 villages in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and is producing remarkable results. You can learn more about the Millennium Villages Project, Millennium Promise and the MDGs at http://www.millenniumpromise.org
    Thanks again for writing! Keep up the good work!

  3. Great post, I myself wrote one at: http://www.guruofsales.com/general/427/fight-poverty-its-blog-action-day-today and the action has not stopped. Would you share your thoughts by a comment there as well?

  4. kouji haiku, thank you so much for the suggestions! I love Free Rice (there’s a link on the sidebar, everyone!) — it’s a blast. I’d never heard of GoodSearch before, but I checked it out and it’s pretty amazing! I just downloaded the toolbar…so cool.

    Trish, thanks for the info and the link too!

  5. There might be unanswered questions about global warming, but LA’s smog still looks like some kind of green swamp gas, and we are still seeing our lakes and rivers polluted at alarming rates.

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