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We can end poverty, but the methods might surprise you

John Podesta and Casey Dunning write about the importance of smart social safety nets in growing out of poverty.

“Ending extreme poverty in all its forms” is no longer a platitude or a dream for development experts—it’s the guiding vision of the United Nations High Level Panel, as well as an achievement that’s closer to being realized than ever before, thanks to the millennium development goals.

One of the best tools we have to this end might surprise you. Education matters, of course, as does higher employment and better health care. But for us, it’s clear that the increased, global scope of social safety nets will make the most vulnerable of populations more resilient. We need these to end extreme poverty.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Guardian. Click here to view the full article.

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Authors

John Podesta

Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors

Casey Dunning

Senior Policy Analyst