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General News    H3'ed 4/22/16

Terrorism and poverty harms democracy.

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I cannot comment intelligently on specific countries because I do not know enough about them. I can only speak generally about poverty and terrorism. I can only say that violence, terrorism and poverty are against improving the economic conditions in many countries. The root causes of violence and terrorism is the result from poverty. Terrorism will only be effectively tackled when poverty is properly addressed. We have to start down the road towards economic improvement.

For this, the voice of the poor should be taken to the policy makers. We have huge amounts of resources that are being used to fight the elusive enemy, terrorism, while the evident enemy, poverty, is left to grow more dangerous. Eradicating poverty is not as simple. Eradication of poverty and the ending of hunger have long been recognized as among the most central challenges. Equitable growth are essential for poverty reduction. Policies supporting economic stability, as well as embedded safety nets are necessary to reduce poverty and protect the poor. Strategies to reduce poverty must be situation-specific, directly addressing the realities on the ground.

Poverty today is high. The poor depend on agriculture. Making appropriate investments in roads, electrification and infrastructure would help considerably in improving lives. Increasing investments in basic education and health care are important too. Policy makers must focus on generating high rates of stable growth. As we know, poor educational systems and terrorism have resulted from many people being poor. Thus, we need to formulate economic policy. We need to heavily invest in education, land grant based universities and industry support for higher education. To overcome these problems people have to get involved.To change the economy educated individuals would have to actively participate in the economic process.

In conclusion, poverty reduction is a moral duty of the well educated people too. Therefore, in order to effectively fight poverty, we must take the broadest possible approach. Poverty has a direct role in our instability. Poverty has damaged our confidence. Poverty is the major obstacle in the way of institutional development. The elimination of poverty is a big challenge to the future economic growth. Poverty also affects people's daily lives. We need to invest more in the basic needs of our people. There is no doubt that terrorism and poverty harms democracy.

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Journalist, poet and editor Kamala Sarup works at the Cape Collection. Kamala specializes in reporting news and writing stories covering journalism, Peace, Public health, Democracy, Women/Children, development, justice and economic development. (more...)

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