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How are we measuring the impact of Sustainable Development Goal 1: No Poverty?

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1:  No Poverty as a global metric to eradicate poverty in all it’s forms by 2030.  As of 2015, the following were the statistics globally:


·       736M people still live in extreme poverty earning less than 1.90 per day

·       50% of all people living in poverty are children

·       Women were more likely to be in poverty than men due to not having paid work


Sustainable Development Goal 1

To address these statistics the United Nations brought member countries together and the following 2030 targets were agreed to:


·       Reduce 50% of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty according to national country definitions

·       Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems

·       Ensure that all people who are poor and vulnerable have equal rights to economic resources and basic services

·       Reduce exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters

·       Create sound policy frameworks at all levels of government, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies


I have been implementing global development programs for the past 25+ years.  The issues affecting poverty are complex.  However, what I have learned is that every effort to change the status quo and break this poverty cycle for each individual and family does make a difference.  And I am grateful that globally we have metrics to keep us focused on what matters most – bringing dignified lives to everyone!


How does your organization, whether for-profit or non-profit, contribute to SDG1:  No Poverty by 2030?


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