Forum outlines strategies to end extreme poverty worldwide

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April 29, 2015

Alex Thier, assistant to the administrator for policy, planning, and learning for US Agency for International Development, addresses a forum on ending extreme poverty at The Catholic University of America in Washington April 28. (CNS photo/Ed Pfueller, Catholic University of America ) See POVERTY April 29, 2015.

Alex Thier, assistant to the administrator for policy, planning, and learning for US Agency for International Development, addresses a forum on ending extreme poverty at The Catholic University of America in Washington April 28. (CNS photo/Ed Pfueller, Catholic University of America )

WASHINGTON (CNS) — With extreme poverty having been cut in half over the last generation — and the Millennium Development Goals target of poverty halving having been achieved five years ahead of the 2015 deadline — veterans of the global war on poverty believe it is possible that extreme poverty can be wiped out in the next 15 years.

It will be a tall order because an estimated 1 billion people still live in extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1.25 a day.

But “progress is possible everywhere,” declared Alex Thier, a U.S. Agency for International Development official who has spent half of his life in the world’s poverty zones, during an April 28 forum at The Catholic University of America.

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