Annually, the World Development Report, emphasizes the fact that one of the biggest drivers of poverty in the developing world is violent conflict. There is a conflict trap – a vicious circle whereby poverty stokes conflict, and conflict in turn increases poverty. For Rotarians working to eliminate war in the world, this is just one facet that needs our attention.

The last two decades have been the most successful in history in the fight against poverty: the share of people living in extreme poverty has been cut in half worldwide, from 43% in 1990 to under 20% today.

However, it is unacceptable that more than one billion people still live in extreme poverty. Ending extreme poverty in our lifetimes is a difficult but achievable goal.

See the video, join the movement, and help end extreme poverty here.