Globally, extreme poverty has rapidly declined. New poverty estimates by the World Bank suggest that the number of extremely poor people who live on $1.90 a day or less has fallen from 1.9 billion in 1990 to about 736 million in 2015.
With such a positive trend, there is consensus amongst all development partners that the number of extremely poor people continues to rise in Sub-Saharan Africa, while falling rapidly in all other regions. People who continue to live in extreme poverty face deep, entrenched deprivation often exacerbated by violent conflicts and vulnerability to disasters. Strong social protection systems and government spending on key services often help those left behind get back on their feet and escape poverty, but these services need to be brought to scale.
Abject Poverty continues to affect other aspects like access to quality education, access to clean water and sanitation, access to clean and affordable energy, food security, employment among others.
Similarly, Education is a human right, a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and improving health, gender equality, peace, and stability. It delivers large, consistent returns in terms of income and is the most important factor to ensure equality of opportunities. For individuals, education promotes employment, earnings, health, and poverty reduction. For societies, it drives long-term economic growth, spurs innovation, strengthens institutions, and fosters social cohesion. Indeed, making smart and effective investments in people’s education is critical for developing the human capital that will end extreme poverty.
Developing countries have made tremendous progress in getting children into the classroom and more children worldwide are now in school. However, learning is not guaranteed, as the 2018 World Development Report (WDR) stressed.
According to newly assembled data, 53% of all children in low- and middle-income countries cannot read and understand a short story by the time they are finishing primary school. This high rate of “learning poverty” – the share of children who by age 10 are not able to read a short, age-appropriate story with comprehension – is an early warning that all the ambitious Sustainable Development Goal 4 targets are in jeopardy.
World Bridge foundation is a platform developed to support the reduction of global challenges through connecting those in desperate need of support and those who are willing to extend a hand to resolve these challenges.
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Vision and Mission
To realize a just world where everyone enjoys their rights to basic needs
To ensure that aid reaches underprivileged communities that can not get a chance to solicit support themselves. To ensure that we achieve equitable access to basic services
Strategy :We realize that millions of lives are crumbling in desperation for basic needs that include education, skills, food and medical care. We are also aware that many out there are searching for people with genuine needs. Our strategy is to be a forum of addressing hopelessness and desperation through establishing credible channels of linking support to where it is most needed and we ensure that when resources are raised, they serve the right purpose.
Tools: WBD uses research and documentation as a tool for sharing information about vulnerabilities in the world. The WBD platform is designed in a way that CSOs, Schools, Charities, Individual persons and foundations interact and develop synergies that can transform the world.