SAAPE's South Asia Poverty Report 2013 launched in Karachi, Pakistan
South Asia – where weapons are more important than the poor
05 March, 2014
South Asia is home to over 40 percent of the world’s poor. Of the eight countries in the region, four fall in the category of the UN-defined least developed countries. Three of them are landlocked. The share of distribution of GDP among the South Asian countries indicates that there is a lack of symmetrical distribution.
These observations were made at the launching ceremony of a South Asia report “Crises, Vulnerability and Poverty in South Asia – People’s Struggles for Justice and Dignity” on Wednesday.
The ceremony was organised by the South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) and the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (Piler) at the Karachi Press Club.
SAAPE’s Inputs to the Background Note of the High-Level Event of the UN General Assembly
SAAPE has contributed into the background note of the High-Level Event (HLE) of the UN General Assembly (GA) on "The Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda" scheduled on 6-7 March 2014. HLE (at the Ministerial level) is the first of the three HLEs that will be conducted by the current President of the General Assembly under the theme "The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!" for the period until June 2014. Besides the three HLEs, three thematic debates will also be conducted. Please visit the following site for more info https://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/ .
The submitted document is attached.
Fifth National Convention of Right to Food Campaign, India Concludes
The Fifth National Convention of Right to Food Campaign was held at Sanand, Ahmedabad, India from 1st to 3rd March 2014. The theme for this convention was “National Food Security Act (NFSA) and Beyond: Right to Food, Democracy and Social Justice”. The convention was attended by delegates from 17 states of India and also by participants from other South Asian countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Various grassroots movements involved in the Right to Food Campaign took an active part in the convention with some delegates travelling for 4-5 days to reach the convention. The convention was animated with diverse representation of activists, trade-unionists, scholars, academicians, environmentalists, workers, peasants and others representing various strata and sections of the society.
Furthering the struggle against the social injustice of poverty in the South Asia region
SHOBHA RAGHURAM (FOUNDER AND ADVISOR, SAAPE), NETRA TIMSINA (COORDINATOR, SAAPE), PRAMAN ADHIKARI (MEMBER, SECRETARIAT, SAAPE)
A vast majority of the people in South Asia are persistently struggling for a better livelihood and survival. Out of the total population of the world, almost one quarter - about 1.6 billion people - live in South Asia, today, sadly enough, more than 40 per cent of the world's poor. Another distinguishing factor is the large variation in population size as well as the level and pace of socio-economic development across the region which is not similar to regional groupings in other parts of the world. A stark image of the region emerges from the analysis of the Human Development Index (HDI), the inequality adjusted HDI and poverty by income and deprivation (SAAPE, 2013). The issue of exclusion is clearly highlighted by the gender inequality index which is extremely high at 0.568. It is almost at par with the gender inequality index of Sub-Saharan Africa, which is 0.577 (UNDP, 2013). In this context the role of people's alliances is important for achieving dignified living and sustainable peace in the region.