Globalism Performance Report (sort of)
Hey, we’re all being conditioned to embrace “Globalism” so, from time to time, I make an attempt to look in depth at some of our Global entities. No small task, I will tell you. Take a look at some of the home pages represented here and you will find that it’s difficult to muddle through much of it.
Anyway; let’s start with the World Bank.
Hey, you got to love the straight forward approach. It says right there in the logo what they are up to; Working For A World Free Of Poverty!
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Our mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors.
That all sounds good, right? But, it doesn’t take much prowling around to find that the World Bank is tied to the International Monetary Fund. The I.M.F. and World Bank cross reference each other a lot so…take it away International Monetary Fund!
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 187 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.
So, the I.M.F. is involved in the poverty reduction racket as well. Now, the World Bank and the I.M.F. have both been in business for over 60 years. One would assume that there has been a good deal of poverty fighting going on. And, you would think that any organization that’s been at it that long would be anxious to tout some hard-data positive results.
Well…no. It’s really tough to find any specific numbers on poverty at either the I.M.F. or World Bank. I did find a .pdf at the IMF site called Global Poverty Estimates: A Sensitivity Analysis.
Through the years, I’ve spent a good deal of time looking through contracts and such, written by lawyers in language that is meant to make people confused. This I.M.F. paper is chock full of that stuff…
Current estimates of global poverty proposed in the literature differ in magnitude as well as in the rate of change in poverty. Consider, for instance, Chen and Ravallion (2010) and Pinkovskiy and Sala-i-Martin (2009)—two studies that estimate global poverty using the international poverty line of $1/day (see Figure 1). Chen and Ravallion (2010) estimate that in 2005 nearly 26 percent of the population in the developing countries was poor, and the global poverty count fell by 520 million individuals since 1981. By contrast, Pinkovskiy and Sala-i-Martin (2009) estimate poverty to have been ten times lower in 2005, which implies a reduction of almost 350 million individuals since 1981. Although there is general agreement that global poverty has declined over the years, the estimated level of poverty and rate of poverty decline vary substantially across studies.
So, poverty is defined as a dollar a day and we can all agree that it’s being reduced.
As far as I can tell, it’s a tough thing to find any hard data on poverty so, let’s try a different term…”hunger”.
Number of hungry people in the world
925 million hungry people in 2010
So, basically…poverty is way down but, there are close to a BILLION hungry people.
And, we still have our other big Global outfit, the United Nations!
Now, like I say, I’m not going through this stuff comprehensively that, would be an enormous task. Here’s what caught my eye at the U.N. today…from the Preamble to the U.N. Charter…
WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED
to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
AND FOR THESE ENDS
to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and
to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,
Currently, there are armed U.N. “Peacekeeping” Troops in the following locations…Western Sahara ,Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Libya, Haiti, Kashmir, East Timor, Afghanistan, Golan Heights, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Kosovo.
Once again, just a tiny fraction of the stuff our Global organizations have spewed forth for our edification. If you have a wild hair, go to any of their sites and pick a starting point…if enough of us do maybe, we can piece together a Globalism Performance Report.