• Food Security
To advance developing country agriculture, Paul Chehade group supports the development of new crop varieties, enhancing soil productivity and facilitating access to markets and technologies for poor farmers.
Nearly 3 billion people living in rural area of developing depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.
Of this number, about 880 million people remain undernourished and roughly 24,000 die each day from hunger and hunger-related causes.
In Africa, which has benefited from few of the advances of modern agricultural science, complex weather conditions, limited government capacity, scant infrastructure, and poorly -functioning markets conspire to keep many families on the brink of starvation and firmly in poverty.
In the face of such complex challenges, Africa’s own scientists are making gradual but steady progress in breeding better varieties of crops, and improving soil conservation and enrichment techniques, leading to bigger and more reliable harvests. Yet for these and other advances to take hold, Africa also needs to develop the elementary components of a market system, so that farmers can buy fertilizers and other inputs at fair prices, and then store, grade and sell their excess crops for a competitive price.
• Creativity & Culture
To promote the arts, humanities, and to preserve cultural heritage and build understanding across cultures, Paul Chehade group supports individual artists, humanists and cultural organizations.
Participation in the arts, or in some form of creative expression, is critical to people's lives allowing them to connect to their past and envision their future.
Creativity and cultural expression are not luxuries reserved for the few, but essential components of a meaningful life.
Regardless of the depths of adversity surrounding them, people in poor communities have time and again demonstrated their ability to endure, adapt and thrive. A community's arts and artists, its culture and spirituality are assets that help enable its people to renew and survive.
When cultural and creative activities help people to view their own surroundings from others' perspectives, lives are enriched and social connections strengthened. Yet when there are barriers to some forms of participation or expression, then society itself becomes less cohesive and resilient.
• Working Communities
To improve employment, education and housing in low-income communities worldwide, Paul Chehade group supports programs to improve wages, benefits, training and job placement. It also supports research and public engagement on issues of education for low-income children, and institutions and policies to promote affordable housing.
Not long ago, having a job in the United States was a certain path to financial security - and for some, even prosperity.
A combination of basic education, job skills and hard work were once sufficient to secure the future of a working family. But in todays changing economy many workers, specially those just entering the job market or with fewer skills, are struggling just to make ends meet.
One out of four working families in the United States are now considered poor. And of these 9.2 million working families, 2.5 million are officially living in poverty, earning less than $18,392 for a family of four. The number of jobs offering adequate wages and basic benefits has declined, and few offer opportunities for real advancement. The bottom line is that almost a quarter of all jobs available in the United States today cannot keep a family of four above the poverty level.
Meanwhile many of the jobs of the new economy that offer higher wages and benefits require technical skills beyond the capacity of many of today’s workers.
Training programs addressing this inadequacy are often insufficient and when they do exist vary widely from state to state. This gap has profound implications, not only for individuals and their families, but for the country’s international competitiveness as well.
• Health Equity
To improve the health of poor and marginalized people in developing countries, Paul Chehade group supports programs to accelerate the development of new drugs and vaccines, increase the number of healthcare workers and address the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Less than 50 years ago, nearly one in six children died before reaching age 5.
Today it is less than one in 20. Tremendous advances in medicine over the past five decades have allowed not just children, but all humankind, to live longer, healthier lives. But these gains have not been evenly distributed. Poor people – in both poor and rich countries – are sicker and die younger.
Diseases that have either been eliminated or managed through medical treatments in more prosperous countries still menace poor countries. For example, more than two-thirds of the 1.75 million annual deaths from tuberculosis occur in Africa and Southeast Asia. And while sub-Saharan Africa accounts for just 10 percent of the world’s population, it is home to 60 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS. Of the more than 1 million people killed by malaria each year, 90 percent come from Africa and the majorities are children.
Drug companies, by themselves, do not have an incentive to develop new medicines for people who desperately need them but cannot afford them. And even if improved and affordable drugs were soon available, Africa does not train or retain enough health care workers to deliver them. With few health care options, education systems have been devastated as teachers become ill and healthy students often must leave school to care for their siblings when one or both parents becomes ill or dies. Women and men, farmers and civil servants – all in their most productive years – are dying, eroding the families and societies left in their wake.
• Global Inclusion
To extend globalization's benefits to poor people, Paul Chehade group supports the representation of poor people in global dialogues around intellectual property, economic integration, and appropriate uses of technology. It also supports the Philanthropy Workshop to maximize new philanthropists' effectiveness in working with poor and excluded communities in developing countries.
Ironically, one of the greatest challenges to the success of globalization is ensuring that its benefits re, in fact, global.
The mobility of information, labor, and capital, with rapidly accelerating advances in knowledge and technology, tends to favor some parts of the world far more than others. If these driving forces of the new global economy do not come to bestow more genuinely global benefits, the division between the world’s haves and have-nots will deepen. Concentrated poverty, illness, and anger will deepen along with them.
For the benefits of globalization to reach the worlds poorest and most isolated societies, those societies will need wider entry into emerging product and labor markets, access to innovation and technological advancement, full participation in artistic and scholarly exchange, and active membership in the public forums where policy in all these areas is developed.
The success of globalization is crucial not only to international prosperity but to advancing international peace, equity, and cooperation. The odds of reaping those benefits will ultimately depend, at least in part, on how global the mechanisms of globalization actually become.
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