Young people have the talent and creativity to end poverty. It is our inherited problem, and we must solve it together. The Kwasi Selassie Poverty Discussion is a blog space for young people who want to share possibilities, solutions and experiences in the effort to end poverty across the globe.
It is my greatest pleasure to welcome you to my blog – The Kwasi Selassie Poverty Discussion. Indeed, the battle against poverty across the globe is very much an issue for all young people, particularly in the global south.
A powerful generation
As young people, we have demonstrated to the world that we have the power to create change; change that is positive, resounding and life changing. We have brought the greatest events to the world and have created the most exciting memories in sports, politics, arts and culture, information technology and in the promotion of the best practices in the health sector.
As we surge forward to make our world better in the face of the HIV pandemic and climate change, we are challenged by the existence of poverty – in our homes, communities, villages and towns, cities and in our world. It is unbelievable that we continue to see this level of poverty in some of the world’s most blessed nations in natural and human resources.
Africa in focus
Most African countries continue to receive foreign aid to support national budgets despite our ability to farm and feed the world, fuel and run the engines of our vehicles and industrial machines, provide furniture for the best habitable homes and the minerals to beautify our world of fashion. This trend must change and will change.
Our discussion, our vision
On this discussion platform, I invite you to join me to discuss the subject of poverty from the perspective of young people and youth, while paying attention to the possibility of turning our creative minds towards breakthroughs. Poverty is our common enemy, and we must face it head on as we continue to work at eradicating HIV and STIs, Malaria and Tuberculosis, Unwanted and Unintended Pregnancies and Climate Change.
It is my belief that in such tough economic times, young people like myself, living with poverty, often have to find creative ways to get by. In some communities, poverty has lead to innovation and solutions based on little or almost no cash. Let us show the world how we have used our creativity to improve our lives in these trying economic times.
I implore you to look at the questions below and to share your ideas on poverty.
Thank you for taking time to be part of this important exercise and sharing your ideas. I anticipate hearing from you soon.
Ishmael Kwasi Selassie is an advocate of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for young people. He has worked with the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana since 2002 in various capacities. Currently, he works as a Training/Capacity building officer at PPAGs Learning. Recently, Selassie was selected as a member of the UNFPA Global NGO Advisory Panel representing youth-led and youth-serving NGOs on the Panel. Selassie continues to be strong advocate for young people with a current focus addressing poverty and livelihood challenges facing young around the world with particular emphasis on poverty among the youth of Africa.