Mark Lange, a former speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush (don’t tune out!), wrote a very interesting 5 part report called “An End to Poverty” summarizing some of the latest facts and thinking on extreme poverty and the road forward.
I think this is an excellent summary which challenges both the mainstream left and right attitudes and solutions to poverty. He calls us to focus on the “last billion” who are stuck in extreme poverty rather than to see all developing nations/peoples as in the same situation (which they are not.)
He has “borrowed” many of his stats from Paul Colliers new book, The Bottom Billion and added some new ideas. I just finished reading Colliers’ book and I will soon write a book review with a strong recommendation to read.
Part I – A first step for the global poor – shatter six myths
Part II – Why so much aid for the poor has made so little difference
Part III – What it takes to open a door for the poor
Part IV – The risks of fighting poverty too well
Part V – Practical steps to end poverty
Please post comments about facts that surprised you and things that Mark raises which cause you to wonder if you need to rethink some things on how you’re thinking about the best approaches to ending extreme poverty.