About the Global Poverty Project
Our vision is much like yours: to live in a world without extreme poverty.
We’re inspired by the incredible progress that has been made: halving the percentage of people who live in extreme poverty. But an estimated 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty, with the equivalent of just US$1.25 a day for all their needs. These mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters face a lack of opportunity and choice that traps them in a cycle of extreme poverty.
We know that this injustice can be ended within a generation. So we’re working to make it happen – by increasing the number and effectiveness of people taking action to end extreme poverty, and building a global movement for systemic change.
What we do
The Global Poverty Project utilises the power of education, communications, advocacy, campaigning and the media to advance the movement to end extreme poverty.
We know extreme poverty is a complex issue, and that it can’t be eradicated overnight, or by one person. That’s why we’re building a global movement for change: focused on making a difference now, and changing the systems and policies that keep people in poverty.
We do this in two ways:
• Campaigning for government, business and consumer action that will create important systemic change for the world’s extreme poor, and
• Building a movement that engages and educates people, and supports them to take simple but effective individual actions for change.
Across the world, people are standing up and demanding an end to the injustice of extreme poverty. Join us, make a commitment to take action today.
We're working in partnership with leading charities, community groups and organisations across the country to deliver our1.4 Billion Reasons presentation at conferences, schools, universities, churches, workplaces and festivals. To find out about presentations in your area click here, or book a presentation here.
We know the world’s extreme poor are working hard to fight poverty themselves. At the Global Poverty Project we focus on getting behind their efforts, by mobilising everyday people to take powerful actions for lasting change.
To this end, since launching in 2008 we have:
• Developed 1.4 Billion Reasons – a ground breaking multimedia presentation that explains the issues that contribute to extreme poverty, and what we can do about them,
• Spoken to more than 175,000 people on three continents about the simple actions they can take to help tackle extreme poverty,
• Launched the international advocacy and fundraising campaign Live Below the Line – engaging more than 40,000 people with the lack of choice inherent in extreme poverty, and raising more than USD$9 million for more than 70 anti-poverty organisations.
• Grown political support for polio eradication and successfully campaigned for more than $1 billion to be committed to critical vaccination programs through The End of Polio campaign, helping to bring polio to the brink of eradication.
• Put extreme poverty on the map in the United States with the 2012 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York, where more than 50,000 people together to celebrate the progress that has been made in the fight against extreme poverty, and learn how they can continue taking action. Tickets were given away through our innovative Global Citizen platform, which is being launched around the world in 2013.
What we want
Our work focuses on five key change goals:
• Better Aid: We want to ensure that foreign aid is targeted towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
• More Aid: We believe every nation we operate in should work towards investing 0.7% Gross National Income in foreign aid.
• Better Trade: We believe fair and balanced trade relations are important to tackling poverty, and want to see improvements in the multilateral trading position of developing countries.
• More Ethical Trade: We’re working to dramatically increase the market share of ethical traded consumer goods to provide fair wage access to millions.
• Enabling environment: We want to see investment in education, infrastructure and governance because we know this provides an enabling environment for developing countries to work their way out of poverty.