Widespread avoidable human suffering

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Problem Components
Policy issue area: World
Policy issue: Society
Description: Massive worldwide social problems are creating extensive avoidable suffering in the developing world.
Symptoms: 100 million people have no permanent shelter; 770 million do not get enough food for an active working life; 1.3 billion do not have safe water to drink; 800 million live in absolute poverty; 900 million adults cannot read or write; 14 million children die of hunger-related causes each year; richest fifth of the world population have 74% of the world's gross product, while the poorest fifth have less than 2%.
Causes: Poor management by developing countries; rampant population growth; inadequate political, economic and agricultural polices; indifference to the human plight by callous governments and publics of the industrial nations.
Cost of problem: -
Solution Components
Resources: Governments of industrialized countries; universities and research institutes; world organizations.
Goal: Reduce avoidable human suffering by 5% per year.
Program area: World social development
Program-remedy: 1. Slow down, and eventually halt the arms race, and shift part of the resources released to assist the Third World
2. Massive support of economic development, technology transfer, education and health programs by the industrial world.
Program-prevent: Economic, political and social development under a coordinated strategy of the World Authority.
Cost of program: -
Beneficiaries: Poorest 40% of the global population (2 billion people).

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