Together Against Poverty
Reading your cover story last month, I had this one question in mind: Are we really united in our fight against poverty? I believe countries that are committed to achieving their de- velopmental goals should make best use of their resources, and work towards these goals through proper implementation of their policies. Education is a long term solution to address the massive poverty in South Asia. South Asians are a diverse group of people and have all the potential to help elevate their respective countries out of abject poverty. It is only through education that they can be empowered. Only an educated population can understand the mechanics of a society, its functioning and thus act as a catalyst for change. Our leaders and the international community need to address and tackle the challenge of filling in the huge void of illiteracy in the region.
(2) Development is a challenge, an area where South Asia has badly failed. There is no denying that this region, home to more than one-fifth of the world population, is caught in, what your writers rightly described as, circular poverty. It finds no means to snap out of it. Incompetent leadership and weak economic policies have hindered the region to reap benefits from its huge manpower, natural resources, diverse ecosystem and vibrant societies. And where the respective South Asian governments have failed, the international donor agencies have also not been able to devise policies that could address the plight of the povertystricken population. There is an urgent need to plan and implement programs that strengthen the people of South Asia. The donor agencies need to facilitate South Asians by creating opportunities for them to grow, sustain and build a competitive society instead of simply handing the developmental funds to the corrupt governments.