Nothing is more politically important to think about, and act upon, than global poverty relief. Numbers can mask the human faces of poverty, but they do bring out its scale: Today, any day, 30,000 children under the age of five will die from preventable illness and starvation. A further 163 million children who will survive this day are severely undernourished. Some 1.2 billion people will try to subsist on less than one dollar a day, while 2.4 billion will not have access to basic sanitation.
Andrew Kuper is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge University. He was the visiting Henry Fellow at Harvard University in 1999-2000. His research interests include moral and political philosophy, democracy and development, and global politics. Among his recent publications are “Rawl-sian Global Justice,” which appeared in Political Theory (2000), and “Serving a New Democracy:Must the Media ‘Speak Softly’?” in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research (2001).