“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.This article was originally published in The Guardian.