ONE Act a Week: Tell the World Bank what you think it takes to end poverty


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The World Bank and the IMF are having their annual meeting this week to discuss international economic and financial developments, policies to strengthen inclusive economic growth and help countries overcome poverty. But this year, the World Bank wants to do something a little different: they want to hear from YOU.

The World Bank is asking global activists, including ONE members, to tell world leaders what THEY think it will take to end poverty. With an estimated 1.3 billion people living on $1.25 a day, these aren’t questions just for leaders and development organizations.

This is part of World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s goal to raise awareness for the Bank’s mission and think of outside-the-box approaches to ending global poverty. So far, more than 4,500 comments have been sent to Mr. Kim, mostly from Twitter and Facebook users in the United States, United Kingdom, Nigeria, South Africa and India. Their questions reflect global concerns about rising food prices, agricultural productivity, unemployment, and the global economy. The conversation has highlighted education, gender, jobs, training, government transparency, and ending corruption.

Now, it’s your turn to answer these questions: What will it take to end poverty? What will it take for people everywhere to realize their dreams?

You can answer the question wherever you think will spark the most debate:

On this blog post: Leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post with your response.
In a tweet: Make sure you mention @WorldBank and include the hashtag #WhatWillItTake or #ItTakes
On Facebook: Leave your comment on this Facebook post, then share it on your Facebook wall so your friends can join the conversation.

If you’re stuck, here’s a collection of responses from activists in Africa:

We look forward to reading your answers. Think creatively!


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