The Presidents' Pledge Against Global Poverty

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  • The Economist Magazine June 1, 2013

    The Economist Magazine:
    Towards the End of Poverty June 1, 2013

    Nearly 1 billion people have been taken out of extreme poverty in 20 years. The world should aim to do the same again

    In his inaugural address in 1949 Harry Truman said that "more than half the people in the world are living in conditions approaching misery. For the first time in history, humanity possesses the knowledge and skill to relieve the suffering of those people." It has taken much longer than Truman hoped, but the world has lately been making extraordinary progress in lifting people out of extreme poverty. Between 1990 and 2010, their number fell by half as a share of the total population in developing countries, from 43% to 21%-a reduction of almost 1 billion people...

  • ACCU Update, Winter 2012

    ACCU Update:
    Putting Principles into Practice Winter 2012

    Catholic college and university presidents take a prominent role in pledging to end global poverty.

    When John Hurley accompanied a group of students to El Salvador on an immersion trip in May 2012, he never expected it would affect him as deeply as it did. Following a civil war that consumed the country in the 1980s, El Salvador did see some economic growth and increased spending in the social sector in the 1990s. But those gains have weakened in the last decade...

  • Chronicle of Higher Education 4/30/2012

    The Chronicle of Higher Education:
    28 College Leaders Pledge 5% of Earnings to Fight Poverty April 30, 2012

    Today, 28 current and former college leaders will publicly come forward as charter members of the Presidents' Pledge Against Global Poverty. In so doing, they commit to join Reverend Svennungsen by donating 5 percent of their total compensation this year to charities that fight global poverty.

    The list includes presidents from liberal-arts colleges, religiously affiliated institutions, and a few research universities.

  • News Release 4/30/2012

    News Release April 30, 2012

    College and University Presidents Pledge Personal Income to Help End Extreme Global Poverty

  • Chronicle of Higher Education

    Chronicle of Higher Education:
    The Tithe That Binds

    A Reasoned Campaign Against Global Poverty


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