Poverty by Country

Most CSSA recipients can't afford basic necessities

Over half of Hongkongers living on welfare payments cannot afford some basic necessities of life, according to a study released yesterday by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

Friday, 8 June, 2012, 12:00am

Trade, not aid, is the best way out of poverty

At the G20 summit in Toronto last weekend, the world's richest countries reaffirmed their commitment to increasing development aid. This is both unrealistic and unhelpful.

Donors are already behind on their previous commitments: last month it emerged that the Group of Eight nations were US$20 billion short (in real terms) of their 2005 aid pledges. And a good thing, too.

29 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Rich should pay their bill

If you make a mess, you should be responsible for cleaning it up. The increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is one of the main causes of global warming.

And most of that CO2 has been produced by rich nations as they build factories, buy cars and live increasingly luxurious lives.

18 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Elderly, poor need more help

Chan Chi-yuk, vice-chairman of the Elderly Services Association of Hong Kong: Increasing the proportion of nursing home places in existing subsidised contract residential care homes for the elderly from 50 per cent to 90 per cent only means the number of places going up by about 100 or so. It will be of little help in clearing the long waiting list.

15 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Banks should act responsibly

One reason behind the subprime mortgage crisis, which triggered the current financial turmoil, is short-term greed.

Some banks lent money to people who could not afford it in order to cash in on interest and increase their income. Many countries are thinking of introducing tougher regulations to avoid a repeat of such irresponsible behaviour.

15 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

The might of rights

Here are some figures you won't believe if you only read the headlines about global poverty. More wealth has been created in the past six decades than in all previous history, and it has reduced poverty. The number of people living on less than US$1 a day dropped from 40 per cent in 1981 to 18 per cent in 2004.

22 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Question of the week: What should be done to eradicate poverty?

Taral Gurung, 15, YMCA of HK Christian College

Before we can eradicate poverty, there must be a basic standard of living for everyone.

That includes areas, such as education, reproductive health and social welfare.

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Hard times

The number of people living in poverty exceeded 1.33 million last year, a new survey has shown. Is this an acceptable statistic given a booming economy and what can be done to help the poor? Write to us.

18 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Poverty panel seeks more time to see ideas through

The top-level panel set up to tackle poverty should have its tenure extended for at least two more years so that it can follow through on measures proposed, members have suggested.

The Commission on Poverty is to be disbanded after it submits a final report to the government next month.

7 May 2007 - 12:00am

Profits squeeze expected to hamper job creation

Beijing is facing hurdles in its effort to create jobs and lift incomes for poor urban residents and farmers, the mainland's top economic planning agency says.

Creating jobs for them would be difficult largely because of overcapacity in production and a consequent decline in corporate profits in the second half of the year, it said.

2 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

People pay high price for global trade growth: UN

Report finds wealth gap and food insecurity among negatives

Though international trade has grown rapidly in the Asia-Pacific region since the early 1990s, a greater engagement with global markets has come with a significant load of negatives.

29 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Invest in women to lift the world

The secret key to driving down rates of poverty and population growth is female. To be precise, it is poor women living in the developing world's rural backwaters, where 75 per cent of the world's hungry scrape a living. Everything else is a bit of a sideshow.

19 May 2006 - 12:00am

Confidence essential to unlock purchasing power

Chen jincheng official

Wages and social security hold the keys to igniting and sustaining mainland consumption according to Chen Jincheng, former deputy director-general of the Hebei Finance Bureau.

He said spending would depend on consistent increases in the incomes of workers and farmers and better social security.

6 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Opportunity to help the world

There was much fanfare recently when space experts crashed a probe into the comet Temple 1.

As I watched the collision on television, a TOEFL essay question came to mind: 'If you had a large sum of money, would you spend it on exploring outer space?'

I had answered 'yes'.

17 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Tung needs shift of priorities in tactics to tackle poverty statistics

ANYONE WHO HAS ever worked with statistics knows the headaches that quickly accompany calculations with demographic data. Nothing else gets so convoluted so rapidly.

11 Jan 2005 - 12:00am