Poverty is not very discussed here... It seems that the origin of poverty is in the first world countries wild consumption... Here is some "evidence"... http://members.tripod.com/~sadashivan_nair/quotpovertyquotasubject/ http://www.unesco.org/education/poverty/index.shtml http://www.undp.org/poverty/overview/ http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/wssd/index.html From the site [I]http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/44/177.html[/I]: "The focus of this year's report is consumption and the widening gap between the world's rich and poor. Some 86 per cent of expenditures for personal consumption are made by just 20 per cent of the world's people - the rich. The report predicts that global consumption of goods and services will top $24 trillion (U.S.) this year, six times the amount in 1975, as people consume more in food, energy, education, transportation, communication and entertainment than ever before. But the report finds "gross inequalities" that have left more than 1 billion of Earth's nearly 6 billion people unable to meet even their basic needs. Almost three-fifths of the 4.4 billion people in the developing world live in communities without basic sanitation; nearly one-third don't have safe drinking water; one-quarter lack adequate housing. And for most of the world's poorest, walking is the only mode of transportation. Market globalization has increased demand for luxury items, even in poor countries, the report says. And it warns that social standards may be rising faster than incomes. "Household spending for conspicuous consumption can crowd out such essentials as food, education, health care," the report says. But developing countries are nowhere near the levels of consumption in the world's richest countries. The wealthiest one-fifth of the world's population eats 45 per cent of all the meat and fish consumed, burns up 58 per cent of total energy, has 74 per cent of the world's telephone lines and owns 87 per cent of its vehicles. And runaway consumption creates a double jeopardy for people in the developing world: They don't get to enjoy the consumption, but they suffer the effects of environmental degradation."