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Experts asked how people can escape extreme poverty

21 April 2022

The International Development Committee continues its inquiry into extreme poverty and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a selection of expert witnesses attending an evidence session to be held at 2.30 PM on Tuesday, 26 April 2022 in Committee Room 15.

Purpose of the Session

The inquiry is looking specifically at how the aid work of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office impacts on United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 1, Target 1.1. This goal calls for the eradication of extreme poverty – defined as living on less than $1.90 per day – by 2030.

The evidence session will focus on the types of interventions that have the most impact on breaking the cycles that keep people in extreme poverty.

The first panel will consider the impact of poor access to healthcare and food security in perpetuating poverty cycles - and ask what types of programme have shown positive results.

The second panel will turn to social protection systems and cash transfers. Issues will include how and when such interventions may be most effective in providing immediate relief. Panellists may also be asked whether social safety nets and cash transfers can help people lift themselves permanently out of extreme poverty, and how these compare to other interventions.


At 2.30pm (all appearing virtually)

  • Dr Githinji Gitahi, Group CEO, Amref Health Africa - a large Africa-based health body
  • Bessie Ndovi, National Coordinator, Civil Society Organisation Nutrition Alliance, Malawi

Further information

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