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Poverty In Africa


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  • 1. Poverty In Africa By: Megan Smedley
  • 2. Essential Question
    • Why is Poverty a widespread problem
    • throughout African countries?
  • 3. What are the main causes?
    • Political Instability
    • Wars over children
    • Desertification
    • HIV/AIDS
    • No access to employment opportunities
    • No access to markets where they can sell their goods
  • 4. Where and Who?
    • Most poverty is Sub Saharan Africa.
    • 45 to 50% of people live below the poverty line.
    • 300 million people in Africa are living in extreme poverty
  • 5. Statistics
    • 700,000 children will die before their first birthday
    • 40% of Africans in poverty live on less than 1 US dollar a day
    • 800 million go to bed hungry every day
    • 12-14 million children have been orphaned by AIDS
    • 18,000 people in West Africa are on the verge of starvation
  • 6. What is being done?
    • The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the African Union (AU) are aiming to tackle HIV/AIDS, reduce poverty and sustain long-term economic growth.
    • Many countries are also helping out.
    • Live Aid is a benefit concert in the US to help raise money for Africa
  • 7. Why is this topic important to me?
    • This topic is important to me because many people know about the situation in Africa but don’t do anything about it. People need to know how bad it is over there.
  • 8. What I already knew
    • I knew that the situation over there was really bad. I also knew that many Africans are poor and living in horrible conditions.
  • 9. New Important Things That I Learned
    • Most Poverty is in Sub Saharan Africa
    • People see education as the way to end it
    • People think that poverty will end in 2015
  • 10. Surprising Facts
    • One child dies every minute due to measles
    • One child dies every three seconds due to AIDS and extreme poverty
    • 1 out of 6 African children will die before their fifth birthday
  • 11. What Questions Do I Still Have?
    • What does the government do about this?
    • Why do so many women drop out of school?
    • Why aren’t there many schools?
    • Why is most poverty in Sub Saharan Africa?
  • 12. Resources
    • Fight Poverty
    • African World Bank
    • World Bank
    • NPR
    • Cozay
    • Borgen Project
    • Practical Action Consulting
    • African Fellowship
  • 13. Resources Cont
    • Tcsc
    • BBC