Ending Extreme Poverty Abroad


Around the globe there are 880 million people, about three times the population of the United States, living on just $1 a day. Many lack even the most basic resources like clean water, access to primary education, and the healthcare needed to cure very preventable diseases. The United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals are meant to eradicate this level extreme poverty by 2015, but the goals are not going to be accomplished unless wealthy nations match their pledge to donate 0.7% of their GDP to foreign aid. The United States gives just 0.2%. Even in this time of tight budgets, our nation could and should do better.

Dream of a Nation Partner
End Poverty 2015
The United Nations Millennium Campaign started when 189 world leaders made a historic promise at the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000 when they agreed to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. The MDGs are an eight-point road map with measurable targets and clear deadlines for improving the lives of the world's poorest people. Read more.


Read the United Nations Millennium Campaign essay: "0.7% of Wealth: A Small Price to End Global Extreme Poverty"
Read the UN Millennium Campaign essay

Endnotes & References


The UN Millennium Declaration


What Can I Do?

Make donations to the great organizations working to solve global extreme poverty.

Why? Giving from individuals and businesses combined with federal dollars goes a long way.


What If?

Q.  What if the United States gave the 0.7% of GDP that many rich countries have pledged?

A.  That would fund enough UN Millennium Development Villages, self-sufficient rural communities with basic services, to move 750 million people out of poverty.