×
ECR

Global summit explores grassroots solutions to poverty

24 January 2018

Global summit explores grassroots solutions to poverty

A major conference exploring how grassroots projects can provide lasting solutions to world poverty is taking place in London on Friday.

A major conference exploring how grassroots projects can provide lasting solutions to world poverty is taking place in London on Friday.

Organised by London Conservative MEP Syed Kamall, the Global Poverty Summit aims to galvanise support for non-governmental solutions to helping the world’s poor. It is backed by international figures including former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who have both recorded video messages.

Mr Kamall said: “The centralised, top down approach has failed the poorest in our society. Globalisation’s riches do not always trickle down to their level and while welfare may help recipients get through the day, it does not provide a route out of poverty. In too many communities there is an absence of hope.

“International aid and large NGOs have a role to play, but I passionately believe that there are solutions to be found in local communities across the world. Empowering people to tackle some of the toughest issues in their communities is incredibly inspiring.”

The Summit, held under the auspices of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, will hear from speakers from around the world who have put these principles into action.

Bob Woodson is a former civil rights activist whose Woodson Center is helping to revitalise urban neighbourhoods in the United States. Dorothea Arndt will explain how the Hand-in-Hand organisation fights poverty in the developing world by training small groups of women how to use their own pooled savings to start businesses and providing access to micro-loans. Hand-in Hand aims to create 3.7 million jobs worldwide by 2021 and is already 80% of the way there.

There will also be representatives from a retraining and education programme in rural Romania and a cycling scheme delivering food prepared by refugees in Cairo.

Closer to home, the London Community Foundation connects those in need with people willing to give. It has distributed more than £55 million over 22 years to projects such as Streets of Growth, which helps young people out of a life of drugs and gangs and into training and employment.

The Cato Institute’s Michael D. Tanner, one of the United States’ most influential thinkers on innovative solutions to tackling poverty, is a keynote speaker.

Mr Kamall said: “All these schemes have one thing in common. They work from the bottom up, are not necessarily reliant on the state or trickle down economics for their survival and offer hope to those who have little or none.

“The event’s aim is simple. To produce a report providing clearly defined steps for community organisations, philanthropists and all the charitably minded amongst us to tackle poverty and exclusion within our local communities.”

SHARE

ECR

OUR TWEETS

ECR Group

16 hours ago

🗓️ Thursday 11 March at 16:00 CET 🕓 ECR MEP @AnnaFotyga_PE will be joined by Commissioner @OliverVarhelyi and… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

17 hours ago

“With today's decision, it's obvious that the @EPPGroup has also lost the last remnant of its original Christian De… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

17 hours ago

“Our idea of Europe is different, a community of nations cooperating peacefully with each other, respecting differe… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

17 hours ago

"All this is worsened by their claims to 'patents' on democracy, seemingly allocated to democratically legitimate g… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

17 hours ago

"The EU is in its worst crisis in its history. Instead of promoting stronger ties and a true spirit of solidarity,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

18 hours ago

The EPP Group's politically motivated meddling with internal protocol is democratically unworthy and a clearly host… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

yesterday

The ECR Group wishes all Bulgarians across #Europe and the world a festive #LiberationDay! Честит национален празн… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

yesterday

We're delighted to welcome our newest MEP, Vincenzo Sofo @vincesofo, who is joining the ECR Group today. Together,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

2 days ago

Compassion without common sense is not a good enough policy. Unless we acknowledge this, our system will be doomed… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

2 days ago

We need to work with countries of origin to prevent deaths at sea and ensure that people are applying for #asylum b… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…





© 2020. All rights reserved. European Conservatives and Reformists Group