On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2013, observed annually on 17 October since 1993, Muslim Aid reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to the eradication of poverty around the world.
A spokesperson for the Charity said: “Poverty is the greatest ill of the world, dehumanising and killing more people every day than wars and conflicts. The greatest irony of all is that the world has enough resources for everyone, yet they are distributed totally unequally. The poorest 40% of the world’s population accounts for 5% of the global income, whilst the richest 20% accounts for three quarters of world income. Through education and by focusing on tackling the root causes of poverty, we can pave the way to a future in which poverty is eliminated in our lifetimes. The problem remains the lack of funding and resources of NGOs which prevents them from carrying out their work transparently and involving people at grass root level.”
Muslim Aid believes in providing innovative, sustainable and cost effective solutions in tackling poverty. Muslim Aid runs an interest-free microfinance programme which serves over 70,000 families in 7 countries, namely; Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sudan, Somalia, Sri-Lanka, Indonesia and Cambodia. The accessibility to the interest-free credit loans allow disadvantaged people with skills to generate a regular income. The programme has helped many with establishing their own businesses, thus creating more job opportunities within their respective communities. Muslim Aid also invests in skills training programmes which increase the employability of struggling breadwinners of impoverished families. Muslim Aid joined the IF Campaign earlier this year, to highlight the necessary changes to be made by the international community in order to end world hunger. It is also working towards achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals. (MDGs).
Note to editor The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly, by resolution 47/196, designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. Fighting poverty remains at the core of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda.
Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Over the last 27 years, Muslim Aid has delivered services in over 70 countries worldwide. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system. Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief, capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes, education and skills development.