MANILA, Aug 25: Soaring food and fuel prices and the coronavirus pandemic pushed nearly 70 million more people in developing Asia into extreme poverty last year, the Asian Development Bank said in a report released Thursday.

JANAKPURDHAM, July 8: Madhesh Province primarily produces essential food grains like rice and wheat, making it a resource-rich region compared to other parts of the country. However, despite its agricultural abundance, Madhesh Province faces significant challenges in terms of poverty.

KALIKOT, June 25: In an unfortunate consequence of economic hardship, a young woman in her early twenties recently shared her experience of engaging in sex work due to poverty. Having begun this profession at the age of 17, she revealed that her decision was driven by her family's financial hardship.

PATAN, June 14: Minister for Health and Population, Mohan Bahadur Basnet, has said his aim is to end the situation of preventing citizens from accessing healthcare services just because of poverty.

DHAKA, May 18: The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed 51 percent of the Bangladeshi poor people into poverty in 2022, said the country's leading think tank Wednesday.

It's a good thing that we have a wealth of "isms" – communism, Marxism, Leninism, Maoism, socialism, liberalism, capitalism etc - to choose from to solve poverty, because clearly, just one isn't enough!

Poverty and inequality, which almost always go part-and-parcel, are severely striking almost all countries of the South Asian region.

In most of the countries in the world poverty is understood as income poverty. When people lack money, they are mostly regarded as poor. If poverty is studied in broad terms and reasons of poverty are sought it has various dimensions leaning behind. Some of the important factors of poverty are suffering from malnutrition, poor health condition, lack of quality education, poor access and availability of clean drinking water, lack of electricity etc. These all factors clearly reflect that poverty isn’t only income poverty, but it is multidimensional affecting various factors of life.

The Power of Poverty, Money and Love

September 2, 2022 13:21 pm

When I think about (poverty, money and love), to my mind I can sense out that all of three are interrelated to each others. Before I’d like to write something about these issues, I remember a powerful quote by Bill Gates, “If you are born poor, it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor, it’s your mistake". Time and again I don’t know why, this quote is hit in my mind like a fire in a positive way rather than not in negative way. However, according to the World Economic Forum, it is painful to say that 263 million people could face extreme poverty in 2022 across the world. Let us do meaningful work in this regard so that poverty can be eradicated to some extent.

KATHMANDU, May 26: Economist Swarnim Wagle on Wednesday said the government needs to connect social protection to poverty, vulnerability and inequality in the new poverty discourse created in the aftermath of COVID-19 impacts.

KATHMANDU, August 18: Nepal was successful in reducing significantly poverty headcount from 30.1 percent in 2014 to 17.4 percent in 2019.

In September 2015, there was a huge trade disruption between Nepal and India that reduced Nepal’s imports from India by 40 percent. Given Nepal’s dependence on imports from India, the decline in trade is likely to have temporarily increased the number of poor people in Nepal by nearly 17 percent, or 1.2 million people. Clustering of people around the poverty line and dependence on net food imports are likely causes for some provinces being more severely affected by the trade disruption. This human-made crisis exacerbated the impact of an earthquake that devastated Nepal in May 2015.

With no jobs and means to earn livelihood, Nepali youths are heading to India.

NEW HAVEN – The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have curtailed globalization in ways that the current US administration could scarcely have dreamed up even a year ago. But, viewed in a broader context, this year’s retreat from globalization is merely the latest chapter in an ongoing process that has left the developing world increasingly pessimistic about pursuing export-driven growth as a path out of poverty.

Ending hunger and poverty amid COVID-19 impacts will require leveraging agricultural technology, innovation and partnerships.

JANAKPUR, Jan 23: The Province-2 government has set a target to reduce poverty rate by achieving high economic growth within next five years in order to bring quality change in the living standard of the State's citizens.

DHADING, Dec 28: The devastating 2015 earthquake destroyed the house of 38-year-old Sita Pariyar of Shamaidanda Gujuri rural municipality-7. Later on, a three-room house was rebuilt with the help of government aid. However, only Rs 300 thousand was not enough.

SHIKHARPUR, MELAMCHI, Dec 25: Hari Majhi and Dipak Majhi, the two siblings of Shikharpur Village in Melamchi Municipality-12 are busy in making fishing net every morning. Their mother Kumari prepares breakfast for them so that they can go fishing in Indrawati river near their home. The Majhi brothers quit their school due to economic problems.

Where people sell grass to pay for toilet

December 13, 2019 17:01 pm

NEPALGUNJ, Dec 13: There are 24 houses in a row at Ghasiyaran Tole of Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan City. The settlement has got the name as most of people have the occupation of cutting grass and selling it for livelihood which is their traditional occupation. ‘Ghas’ means grass and’ Ghasiyaran’ refers to a person who cuts, collects and sells grass.

Poverty reduction is possible

November 23, 2019 09:21 am

Poverty is the problem worldwide and Nepal is no exception. Ending “poverty in all its forms everywhere” is one of the main agendas of 17 Sustainable Development Goals unveiled by the UN in 2016.

PHNOM PENH (CAMBODIA), Nov 20: Leaders of different countries including Nepal, the Philippines, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on Tuesday stressed collective efforts to combat poverty, conflict and global warming as they spoke at the Asia Pacific Summit 2019.

Global gathering on nutrition

November 4, 2019 01:00 am

A global event on nutrition—Sun Global Gathering—is going to be held in Kathmandu from November 4 to 7. SUN, or Scaling Up Nutrition, is a global movement launched in 2010 with an aim of ending all forms of malnutrition. SUN brings together governments, civil society, private sector, academia, activists, and others in a common platform and provide framework for working together to improve the nutritional outcomes worldwide.  SUN Global Gathering (SUNGG) is the flagship event of the SUN movement which aims to develop a common understanding on the issue of malnutrition and reinforce commitment from governments and other sectors to improve nutrition.   The Government of Nepal is co-hosting the event with SUN movement Secretariat. It is an important opportunity for Nepal to showcase and reflect on its progress and learn from the experiences of other SUN countries in bringing down malnutrition.

KATHMANDU, Oct 17: Billions of rupees have been spent in the last six decades in the name of the poor and various training. However, nearly one-fifth of Nepal’s population lives below the poverty line (those earning less than $1.90 per day, as per the World Bank).

How climate policies hurt the poor

September 29, 2019 00:25 am

NEW YORK – Over the past 25 years, nearly 1.2 billion people around the world have been lifted out of poverty, while both malnutrition and the risk of death from air pollution have decreased. Taken together, these achievements are nothing short of a miracle. But two global trends now threaten to slow the momentum in reducing poverty.

Rebooting Nepali economy

August 27, 2019 01:05 am

Nepal is among the least developed nations with around one-fourth of its population living underneath the poverty line. It is heavily dependent on remittances, contributing to as much as 30 percent of GDP. Agriculture is another pillar of our economy, providing jobs to nearly 66 percent of population.

Agriculture and poverty

August 4, 2019 01:30 am

So long as we fail to retain agricultural workers the much-hyped agenda of poverty alleviation through massive agricultural production will remain a far cry

KABUL, July 24: Every day before dawn, 10-year-old Kamran goes to work with his father and other relatives at a brick factory on the outskirts of Kabul.

KATHMANDU, June 28: Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) Chair Kamal Thapa said people in the country were lately subscribing to the agendas RPP had been raising.

BERLIN, June 26: A United Nations expert on poverty says hundreds of millions of people around the world face hunger, displacement, disease and death because of climate change.

Making accountability real

June 23, 2019 01:05 am

The government unveiled the budget for this year with a focus on increasing growth and reducing poverty. These are laudable goals, but they cannot be achieved without a direct and transformative effort to open up government, fight corruption and build integrity within the political system.

UNITED NATIONS, June 6: A United Nations emergency relief coordinator says more than 2 million men, women and children could die of starvation in Somalia by summer’s end if international aid is not sent quickly to the drought-stricken African country.

World Bank must change course

April 15, 2019 01:05 am

BRUSSELS – Critics have called new World Bank president David Malpass an arsonist in charge of a fire department, because of past comments he made on Bank salaries and loans to China. But it’s far more important to focus on improving progress toward the World Bank’s core mission of ending extreme poverty.

GENEVA, April 7: Each year on April 7th, the World Health Organization, WHO, celebrates World Health Day. World Health Day is a chance to celebrate health and remind world leaders that everyone should be able to access the health care they need, when and where they need it.

UNITED NATIONS, March 7: An estimated 11 million people in North Korea — over 43 percent of the population — are undernourished and “chronic food insecurity and malnutrition is widespread,” according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday.

MUGU, Feb 27: The newly-adopted federalism gives priority to infrastructure development projects including road construction.

KATHMANDU, Feb 13: On June 26, 2006, Surendra Khatri was dreaming of a better life five or 10 years down the line because he was just weeks away from a good job. After four days, he would leave for the Indian town of Benaras for a final appearance to get selected for the Indian army.

JAJARKOT, Dec 22: People from the poor families in Jajarkot have started protests demanding that the government scrap the poverty certificates issued to people who are not poor.

In line with its meteoric economic rise, China has made impressive progress in reducing poverty over the last three decades.

Public health for public

December 10, 2018 00:30 am

High drug prices push 100 million people into extreme poverty every year

Concrete anti-poverty policy lacking

November 5, 2018 18:30 pm

KATHMANDU, Nov 5: A concrete policy to reduce poverty is still lacking in the country.

LONDON – From their ivory towers, nearly 240 academics have declared that economic growth is bad for Europe and the planet. In two months, they and global supporters of the “no-growth economy” have held conferences in Mexico City, Malmö, and Brussels.

As the UN marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Wednesday, aid experts say donors must work closely with local governments, which in turn must do more to foster the economic growth that could lift millions out of poverty.

KATHMANDU, Sept 23: China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) has launched a project supporting women's empowerment in Devchuli Municipality of Nawalpur district.

Bed-ridden since birth

September 23, 2018 07:28 am

GORKHA, Sept 23: Asmita Bhandari of Palungtar Municipality-2, Pauroti Bhandar is bed-ridden since birth. She can neither move her hands and legs nor can she speak. As she cannot move her body, she defecates on the bed. The miserable condition of their first child often makes the parents burst into tears but they can do nothing much.

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: Prime Minister KP Oli has claimed that poverty will be completely eliminated from Nepal within the next five years.

MYAGDI, Sept 6: Pooja Khatri, who had written to her school principal that extreme poverty was forcing her to drop school, is now 'a happy and regular student'.

NUWAKOT, July 5: The Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) has invested Rs 93.69 million in various programs in Nuwakot district.

NIGERIA, June 26: Nigeria has overtaken India as the country with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, with an estimated 87 million Nigerians, or around half of the country's population, thought to be living on less than $1.90 a day.

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Poverty a common problem: CM Gurung

June 10, 2018 16:38 pm

POKHARA, June 10: Province 4 Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung has said poverty is a common problem of all provinces in the country.