Uplift and Empower Book Review – Alleviate Poverty
10 April 2021
Book Category: Nonfiction
You want to learn about what has been done, what can be done, and what you can specifically do to alleviate poverty? Uplift and Empower encompasses it all. It’s one of the most well-researched books I’ve read on the topic of poverty alleviation. I have to give Danielle a huge round of applause for putting this book together. Poverty is a topic more people to need to get actively involved in eradicating. Luckily, the book gives you small steps you can take locally to help people in need. It’s a global book with a local focus.
Uplift and Empower Expands on Factfulness and Why Nations Fail
If you loved reading Factfulness by Hans Rosling, you’ll love this even more. The same goes for one of my favorite books on the topic of Poverty and Prosperity called Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu. Both were referenced in Danielle’s book.
One of the biggest myths about alleviating poverty is totally destroyed in Uplift and Empower. Most people and governments think that money is the solution. It is clearly not because governments and people have been tossing money left and right at nations in need and it still hasn’t solved the problem. Money is only a small fraction of the solution to poverty. What Danielle presents in her book is that there are several different things that need to be done in order to uplift people out of poverty.
One of the many solutions to poverty
The book suggests that foreign governments and people can’t come into a community living in poverty and tell them what to do. The people in poverty are the ones who need to be in charge of their own salvation. That is with the guidance, but not the intrusion of governments, organizations, and people trying to help. It has to be a collaborative effort for both parties. In a sense, it’s like teaching someone to fish rather than just giving them a fish. Yet, it’s slightly different because you’re allowing the other party to innovate for themselves with your help. This is just one of the many great examples of what needs to be done in order to alleviate, and even eradicate poverty.
I want to bring up one more strong argument from the book. Each community in each nation living in poverty has a different story and situation, therefore each solution to their problems will be slightly different. There is no one solution that fits all for poverty alleviation. This is probably one of the biggest contributing reasons for the continuing existence of poverty in the 21st century. One thing we do know for sure is that things are getting better, but not as quickly as they should be.
What you can do to Uplift and Empower people
From my own personal observations, poverty is something most people think of as a governmental problem. In many cases this is true, but it doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do to help. Just like anything in life, if you take the time to care about something, putting your time, energy, and money into developing your skills and knowledge of the topic, you have the power to create, help, and solve people’s problems on a small to large scale. Danielle has done it with this book. For example, she has created awareness about what you can actually contribute to the alleviation of poverty. She is helping people to uplift and empower each other. I am grateful to have read and shared about her book.
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