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New approaches needed to help world's poor

Tom Arnold spoke at the Global Poverty and Hunger Conference in Beijing, emphasising the importance of effectively reaching and providing services to the world's poorest and hungry during emergencies.

Approximately one billion people in the developing world live on less than a dollar a day and millions within this group – the “poorest of the poor” – survive on much less. Without new approaches to improving the welfare of these people, they are at risk of being left behind particularity within the context of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of poor and hungry people by 2015.

For many of these people the vicious cycle of poverty continues because they cannot adequately recover when a crisis strikes.

On 19 October, Concern’s CEO Tom Arnold spoke at the “Taking Action for the World’s Poor and Hungry People” conference in Beijing, China, on the importance of effectively reaching and providing services to the poorest and hungry people during and after emergencies. He highlighted how Concern, which operates in many of the world’s poorest countries, has developed innovative programmes to lessen the risks and effects of humanitarian disasters by strengthening local capacity for response. According to Arnold, these programmes “aim to reduce the impact of disasters on the people with whom we work and increase the sustainability of our development interventions.”

The conference, co-hosted by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of China, took place from October 17 – 19 and brought together experts from around the world to identify new strategies for helping the world’s poorest and hungry people.