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    Just Bob

    pseudo-Christians seem to take "The poor ye have always with you" as a commandment.

    I work with global anti-poverty programs. I have costed out what it would take as an investment to prime the pump to create a virtuous circle of education to qualify children for jobs, and to start reining in government corruption through mass action. At that point, increasing tax revenues could fund ever more education, health services, and the rest of what the people need. It comes to a minimum of $50 billion a year for less than a generation in most countries, which is only about $50 per child per year.

    A fair number of developing countries are investing at above that level on their own account. It is the desperately poor countries that cannot even afford school buildings and teacher training on their own that really need our help, plus the slowly decreasing number of countries where some segment of the population is radically, vehemently, violently anti-education, particularly for girls, or where civil war or entrenched tyranny interferes with doing anything worthwhile.

    The starting point of this plan has been laid out by One Laptop Per Child, and extended by its numerous partners, by governments, and by others working on the various components of development, such as renewable energy, wireless broadband out to the poorest and most remote villages, mobile phones, free digital textbooks, and more.

    The return on this investment will be in the tens of trillions of dollars annually of new economic growth. No legitimate private business opportunity can come close to the Return on Investment for ending poverty.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 10:55:26 PM PST

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