“Fighting extreme poverty does not mean just increasing incomes for the poor, but also removing obstacles that are at the root of poverty and replacing them with long-term, sustainable economic opportunities that truly will lift the poor from poverty,” Shah said. To advocates like us, that means not only fighting epidemic diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB, but also promoting lifesaving vaccines to children under five and working to improve access to advanced agricultural techniques and reliable electricity for all. The United States is uniquely positioned to lead in this effort.
Because of the strong anti-poverty efforts of the last 50 years, we can now see the way forward in ending poverty by 2030. But how? According to Shah, we must change the way America does development. In previous generations, America could just “pay its way out” of problems and make it work. But today that model no longer applies. Not only are the United States and other nations grappling with growing budgetary constraints, but the nature of the world is different.