Will we ever eradicate abject poverty throughout the world?
In recent years, as aid organizations, NGOs, and various governments have made substantial strides in reducing the amount of starvation and homelessness throughout the world, the possibility of living in a world in which abject poverty is eradicated appears increasingly possible . While poverty will always remain relative, the situation of poverty in which humans lack access to basic necessities such as food and water has the potential to be completely exterminated. While discussions of poverty and global inequality ensue, I sincerely wonder if the eradication of poverty is something we will always work towards but never achieve, or if all humans can live with basic necessities.
If we can eradicate abject poverty, when will be able to do so? If it is possible that all humans can live with basic necessities, new questions and predictions are brought to light about when this may occur.
One might go about attempting to predict the future with regards to this scenario by analyzing trends in the reduction of poverty throughout the years. One might also compare the trends of abject poverty with trends throughout history of situations that have been eradicated (ex. smallpox). They may also look towards specific case studies of countries without complete abject poverty and use those examples to create deductions about the world as a whole.
These methods may be inaccurate because poverty in many ways acts differently than other human conditions that have been eradicated. Additionally, examining studies of specific communities is may not indicative of the world as a whole, considering the world has a great diversity of communities, distribution of resources, cultures, etc. If, however, one were to do a quantitative statistical analysis comparing trends in poverty with a large amount of other trends, one may be able to create an semi-accurate prediction and calculate the level of error in said prediction.