Dear all, as you can remember by our previous posts concerning the sustainable development goals (SDGs), ending poverty by 2030 has been set as the first SDG in the list.

Nonetheless, it is quite mandatory to remember as the SDGs are thought to be integrated and indivisible, thereby requiring to address them concurrently.

Indeed, that is not easy, because they must be put in place in the concretenesses of the critical situations which different regions of the world face today, as the recent article written by Mike Wooldridge, former BBC world affair correspondent, stresses.

On the one hand, this article highlights how  economic growth and progress could pave the way for reaching the goal of ending poverty, but at the same time, on the other end, it stresses how it will not be sufficient, if growth is not sustainable. Accordingly, sustainability demands for solutions able to contrast wars, corruption, weak governance, discrimination of various kinds and environmental crises.

Mike Wooldridge, after reporting the cases of two families he visited again after several years from the first time, noticing their economic condition has not really improved so far, concluded by recognizing the importance of “bottom born” solutions and by recognizing at the same time the importance of political will in order to best address the goal:

“History tells us that there is no single blueprint for ending poverty, particularly at a time like this when there is such mass displacement of people caused by conflict as well as by impoverishment.

It is also clear today that some of the best solutions to poverty come from the ground up.

But if the ambitions of the SDGs are to be achieved and sceptics confounded, it may also depend on whether the political will behind them is itself sustained.”

For more information, you can read the article here.