Economic Empowerment & Poverty Alleviation

The gender and class inequality existing in the demographic composition of a society is portrayed by the socio-economic conditions of the females and lower class population, their literacy rate, poverty, employment opportunity, life expectancy etc. Like many other developing / low-income countries, India too lack proper social protection laws, which despite overall economic growth, results in a vicious circle of poverty, where basic human needs remain unmet.

Throughout the world, women represent the largest share of the people living in poverty. Social inequality, access to resources, and gender roles greatly influence the distribution of poverty, burdening women disproportionately with the negative outcomes of insufficient national economic performance or distribution of wealth. Feminized poverty can be addressed by providing women with access to education, economic autonomy, and developing pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies to make crucial steps towards global eradication of poverty. The need to equally invest in youth cannot be overstated. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is a reminder for us all, of the millions of people whose lives are devoid of social protection when unemployed, ill or retired—those who live under the constant threat of poverty.

Opportunities to Engage / Support:

Volunteers are well-placed to support poverty reduction strategies and create pathways to economic empowerment of women and poor. In the fight against poverty by securing access to basic social services of impoverished and vulnerable groups, advocating for community resilience, and providing capacity building programmes through volunteer schemes.

Micro-finance, Micro-entrepreneurship, Eco-tourism etc are some approaches to deal with high needs of Economic Empowerment & Poverty Alleviation. You will gain a much better understanding of how micro- finance actually works. The local team benefits from your help with book keeping and accounting, which they struggle to complete as the project grows in size. Volunteers may be asked to write proposals for extra funding, enabling the project to reach out to more members of the community.

Through your work on the day-to-day tasks, you will improve your understanding of global initiatives to increase lending access to disadvantaged members of society to make SDG 1 “No poverty” a reality.