Goal 1 - No Poverty

The Problem

The World Bank estimates that 9.2% of the world or 689 million people live in extreme poverty on $1.90 a day. Furthermore, Africa and Southern Asia, according to the United Nations, will have the largest increase in their population, sliding into poverty with an additional 26 million and 32 million respectively. The dire poverty situation is exacerbated by projections that Africa will have the biggest population growth for the rest of this century, says the Pew Research center. The center adds that the population is expected to increase from 1.3 billion to a staggering 4.3 billion.

Meanwhile, the regions made up of the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand will grow their population but at a slower rate than Africa. Despite the growth of the African population, it is only second to Asia. One must not ignore the impact overpopulation would have on emerging economies. It is a fact that the available resources and infrastructure are not enough to cater to the huge human population. Expectedly, there would be accelerated competition for the limited resources. The underserved would likely not be able to compete and the immediate impact of this poverty. The bigger the population, the higher the poverty rate. So the biggest headache among the countries that will see an increase in population, a decline, and may become overpopulated is how the poverty gap can be mutually bridged.

It must be said that poverty is not synonymous with Africa. There is also poverty in the developed world, even though it may be a different kind of poverty. It is about minorities having access to opportunities that will catapult them out of poverty. In Africa and other emerging or recovering nations, there are quite many poverty causal factors but the unique one is the lack of infrastructure (road, good health, jobs, and housing) for its growing population. The available infrastructure is not commensurate with its population even though it is flooded with talents. Unfortunately, it is the young people that are bearing the brunt because they are more young people in the working class. For the developed nations, the population is slowing which means there is a shortage of labor and lack of access to opportunities. Also, these nations have more of an aging population.

Our Approach

How can this poverty gap be bridged? Zarttalent by ISEF is bridging poverty by empowering the underserved in Nigeria, The Netherlands, and Nicaragua with relevant digital skills that will enable them to compete in the global marketplace. Skills like Javascript, Software development, Python,  and Microsoft.Net are in high demand in the developed countries. Zarttalent by ISEF trains these underprivileged in 6 months with an internship of 1 year for a better soft landing and connect them with international jobs, work remotely and earn money to boost their economic standing

They would be able to take care of their families and friends. Thus not getting only them out of poverty but also their family and friends. In between, they will be able to recommend the Zarttalent by ISEF training program to others and it would have a ripple effect by getting a whole community out of poverty over time. Interestingly, the training is done at a shorter time, in small groups and without 2 years they can become junior developers and start earning.