July 18, the day former South African President Nelson Mandela was born, was declared by the UN in 2009 to be the Nelson Mandela International Day for freedom justice and democracy.
This year’s theme is Action against Poverty. So, I am giving insights into the current poverty and borrow lessons from Mandela on how to eradicate poverty globally.
Currently, 935 million people globally live in extreme poverty and about 800 million people go hungry. While 19.7% of people in Uganda live in extreme poverty, in DR Congo is 77%. A world of gross income inequality has been created where the eight richest people own as much wealth as half of the world’s population (OXFAM, 2017).