The UN Global Goals represent the only glimmer of hope that the world’s extreme poor had come to count on. Today, these goals have largely stalled.
For those of us at the very bottom of the pyramid, that means nothing but a more bleak future ahead.
Here is why the Global Goals are important to me:
1). Like in all other poor parts of the world, there is widespread unemployment where I live. This is seen from the current rise in labor immigration, where large numbers of young people from our region are moving especially to the Middle East, looking for employment. Unluckily, that hasn’t worked out well for many.
So, in the face of a population that is set to more than double by 2050 in my continent, there is a real need for creating new, decent jobs — new forms of employment that have the ability to transform local livelihoods. For those of us who have no networks anywhere, the collaborative framework laid out by the Global Goals is how we had hoped to do just that.
2). As a person, I have known nothing but chronic extreme poverty since I was born. Every person in my extended family, and every family in my village, lives in extreme poverty. I really believe, if people like us can’t make use of the next 10 years leading up to 2030 to build a path from poverty through the collaborative framework laid out by the Global Goals, then, we may never ever see a world devoid of chronic poverty.
3). The other thing is smallholder agriculture, the primary means of survival where I live. Nearly every small farmer in our region lives in extreme poverty. Yet, in hindsight, the absence of reliable agricultural markets is largely what makes it so. I believe the SDGs present an opportunity for people like us to team up with the global community on a challenge like this.