With the wide-ranging issues affecting people living in poverty, it seems appropriate to spotlight organizations helping alleviate some of those hardships for people and communities who suffer from food insecurity, poverty and mistreatment. According to the World Bank, in 2022, 648 million people, equating to about 8% of the global population, lived in poverty. Here are three humanitarian organizations addressing global poverty.
Founded in 1942 in the U.K. and true to its name, Oxfam International works worldwide with 4,100 partner organizations to provide specific assistance to 90 countries. Oxfam International has a more individual approach to fighting poverty, focusing more on the local communities and mobilizing the people in these communities to fight poverty. Because of this strategy and its extensive reach, Oxfam International helped 25 million people in 2022.
Whether it’s creating a water distribution system to bring drinking water to 50,000 displaced people in the Central African Republic or integrating women and young people into the labor market in Benin to help them better understand the role they can have in their country’s economic and cultural life, Oxfam International works all over the world to improve the lives and livelihoods of those that need it. Through beekeeping programs in Ethiopia, Oxfam is creating livelihood opportunities for disadvantaged women, allowing them to earn an income and break cycles of poverty.
The Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development
OPAD, founded in 2005 in Sweden, operates in many different ways to better the lives of those in need. OPAD benefits people in ways that go beyond food and water and include cultural and psychological support. The organization educates men and women on alcohol abuse and parenting in Kenya, integrates pathways for new refugees and migrant workers in Lithuania and addresses psychological issues among unemployed youth in Latvia, including educating them on intervention and prevention techniques. Overall, OPAD works to combat types of suffering that go beyond hunger and thirst.
OPAD works in numerous nations and creates programs designed to help address country-specific issues. For instance, Lusaka, Zambia suffers from issues related to extreme weather patterns, with random rainy seasons followed by intense periods of drought. About 90% of Zambia’s food is produced by farmers. OPAD helped Zambia improve its agriculture sector and provided food relief, which benefitted 70,000 people between 2019 and 2020. OPAD does not see communities in need as victims but as powerful agents of change.
Though it only operates in 25 countries, that does not mean that Concern Worldwide has not accomplished much. Founded in Ireland in 1968, Concern Worldwide aims to address and tackle the causes of poverty and uses six focus areas. These areas include Livelihoods, Health and Nutrition, Education, Emergencies, Gender Equality and Climate and Environment.
Through the above focus areas, Concern Worldwide narrows its goals for poverty reduction in a specific country and implements programs to help people achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence. For instance, the organization runs livelihood programs to help people establish strong livelihoods and income-generating activities so that communities can break cycles of poverty. “We do this through a wide variety of activities that range from climate-smart agriculture techniques in rural settings to technical skills training and small-business support in rural and urban settings,” the organization’s website explains.
Concern Worldwide’s livelihood programs reached more than 5.4 million people in 2022. The organization invested €33.1 million in these livelihood programs in 2022. In Malawi, a country with 5.4 million people suffering from food insecurity, Concern Worldwide reached 288,000 people with its food and nutritional security initiative.
The remarkable work carried out by these three influential humanitarian organizations plays a pivotal role in the relentless battle against the scourge of global poverty. Their tireless efforts and unwavering dedication have been instrumental in making a substantial impact on the lives of countless individuals affected by poverty worldwide.
– Dylan Hubbard