World Bank launches interfaith push to eliminate extreme poverty

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World Bank President Jim Yong Kim takes his seat as he arrives to brief the press at the opening of the IMF and World Bank's 2015 Annual Spring Meetings, in Washington, on April 16, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mike Theiler 
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World Bank President Jim Yong Kim takes his seat as he arrives to brief the press at the opening of the IMF and World Bank's 2015 Annual Spring Meetings, in Washington, on April 16, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mike Theiler *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-WORLDBANK-POOR, transmitted on April 22, 2015.

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(RNS) The number of people living on $1.25 or less a day has dropped in half since 1990. Now, the World Bank and religious groups want to bring that number to zero.

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  • Neil

    An awesome coming together of humanity for a great cause!

  • “Our approach to this staggering need must be holistic, rooted in the spiritual visions of our respective faiths…”

    This insanity must stop.

    The only silver bullet which has ever destroyed poverty is THE EMANCIPATION OF WOMEN. Yet every single one of these pathetic religions rejects THAT SPECIFIC THING!

    Women’s emancipation improves:

    fairer wages
    fairer rights
    improvement of economic well-being
    reduction in population rates
    fairer governments
    fairer societies

    Wherever religion is strong THE DEPRAVITY LEVELS ARE OFF THE CHARTS!

    This brainless cultural reflex which says religion is somehow good is not only unfounded it is utterly disproved.
    The last thing this world needs is clerics with bright ideas. Send them home.

  • Diogenes

    I wouldn’t trust the World Bank for any effective program for reducing global poverty. For decades they have done nothing much more than make ill advised loans to post colonial nations with no experience in national fiscal management often headed by tinpot dictators or tribal factions who were largely thieves, incompetent, or worse: Thus, mostly negating any benefit from said loans, and merely driving such nations into a state of fiscal slavery to bloated western plutocrats, despite often having rich natural resources, which have been exploited by those of us in the west, with little upward economic movement for the citizens of those states.

  • opheliart

    Bb, you say: The main criticism of self-described Christians in the above movement is that the so-called Christians involved are selling out Christ for universalism. And socialist countries are hardly Christian places.

    Help me understand your thinking on your statement—“universalism” is bad? Meaning, CATHOLICISM is bad?


    This is the one equation which has never changed.

    In every country where women are free to leave religion and carve out their own human rights:

    Population stablilizes.
    Happier societies
    Contraception use increases
    Abortions drop
    Wealth is distributed more fairly
    Politics is less ideological.
    Pollution decreases
    Communities stabilize.
    People are healthier and live longer!!

    Religion rejects and works against the freedom of women.

    RELIGION = Alabama, Pakistan, Iran, Texas, Iraq, India, Nigeria, Rwanda, Libya, Egypt…

    ATHEIST STATES = Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Vermont, Great Britain, Washington State, Greenland, Holland

    Religion is the most over-rated, most ridiculous, SELF-IMPOSED, idea left over from the bronze age – right up there with dungeons and fear of black cats.

  • Larry

    I have far less trust in religious organizations when it comes to eliminating poverty. Poverty is a big draw to religion.

    Rendering temporary aid is of far more importance to religious organizations than doing much to eliminate the causes of poverty. Plus it diverts money that can be used to pay for ostentatious houses of worship, keeping clergy on payrolls and PR efforts.

  • ronald

    Did not Christ tell us that the poor will ALWAYS be with us, and you can help them if you feel like it? Mark 14:7 Help them, NOT eliminate poverty! You can give them soup, as long as they receive the Gospel and accept Christ as their Saviour. That is what we as GOd’s children are called upon to do about the poor.

    To try to eliminate poverty itself is against God’s will. He will surely strike the World Bank down if they persist in this foolishness!

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  • Diogenes

    Quantitatively provide evidence which proves the States mentioned are officially atheist. Even if such States have a majority population of religious skeptics, such States continue to have sizable minorities of religious believers. You’re always pleading for the rights of minorities Max, what about minorities such as these? You paint with far too broad a brush with your sweeping generalities and dogmatic assertions, and your evidence usually consists of self composed lists and figures from your own imagination. Total self deception or intellectual dishonesty.

  • @Diogenes,

    “provide evidence”

    Clearly the irony is lost on you.

  • People must understand why and how poverty is created. Rich creates the poverty. If you take the wealth away from someone then that someone becomes poor and you become rich. It is a law of nature. There is no win-win possibility. Everything is win-lose. The rich is created by the central bank, because the central bank runs the economy. So no matter what you do and try, you cannot eliminate poverty unless you eliminate money. Look at the free book here

  • Jad

    Best thing to be done by world bank to eliminate extreme poverty is to cancel the debts of people of the earth done by world bank ,not to call for religious leaders to legitimate their greed

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