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Dalia Banna | We Can Do More to End Global Poverty

Can we help end global poverty, or is it impossible? The international affairs budget is a huge ordeal due to the extensive amount of support it provides to underdeveloped countries worldwide. However, the budget is not nearly enough to help those countries or help European nations support those countries. Many American citizens are convinced that foreign aid is nearly 20% of the federal government. Even though we hope that would be the case, the international affairs budget is less than 1% of the federal budget. Moreover, the public believes we’re putting in effort to help, when the truth is, we aren’t doing enough.

The Borgen Project is an advocate of the international affairs budget and is challenging the public and government in the U.S. as to why we aren’t doing enough to address global poverty. Global poverty is a worldwide crisis because 58% of it is located in seven countries located in Asia and Africa. We are reaching out to the public, and urge you to help us persuade the government to do more in terms of foreign aid toward third world countries in order to decrease the percentage of global poverty and reach a point where global poverty is no longer an issue. Visit https://www.congressweb.com/BorgenProject/7/ to help support the international affairs budget.   

Dalia Banna, Valencia

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