So, what can you do about global poverty?
Well, there’s one thing you can do right now, and that is to give money to an aid organisation. There are about a billion to chose from, and there’s a good list at http://members.acfid.asn.au/directory.php if you’re up for some research.
If that’s too much of a hassle, though, you might want to check out World Vision Australia at http://www.worldvision.com.au World Vision Australia is Australia’s largest international aid charity. It's a Christian group, though, so if that bothers you a good secular alternative is Oxfam Australia at http://www.oxfam.org.au.
Even if you can’t afford to do it yourself, you should think about talking to your family and friends about making a donation to one of these organisations. It's tax-deductable, and they only ask for about $20 to $40 a month, so it's something almost everyone can afford. Talking to people you know is really the best way to increase awareness of these kinds of issues. It can be a bit awkward, but it is really important that we try to act together on big problems like this.
Another way of ‘giving’ to developing countries is to think about visiting one the next time you go for a holiday. It’s a good way to check out for yourself how people live in these places, and you’re sure to have a really different kind of experience. And, of course, most of the money you spend goes to the locals.
Global poverty is also something you should think about the next time you go to vote. Both of the major parties have pretty awful records on international aid, so if you really care about this issue you should check out some of the minor parties. The Greens have a pretty solid aid policy. You can check it out at http://greens.org.au/policies/internationalissues/...
The two major parties don't have current policy documents online for issues like this, but they do usually put them up around election-time. In the 2004 election, Labour and the Liberals both failed to commit to reaching the UN's Millenium Development Goal targets. You can see the relevant Labour policy statement at http://www.alp.org.au/platform/chapter_15.php#deve... The Liberals didn't have a policy for dealing with global poverty in the last election, as you can see here: http://www.liberal.org.au/default.cfm?action=2004_...
Why should people do this?