- OFID observes UN Int'l Day for the Eradication of Poverty
OFID observes UN Int'l Day for the Eradication of Poverty
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed for 20 years when the United Nations General Assembly designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty worldwide, particularly in developing countries – a goal that lies at the core of OFID’s mission.
The theme for 2014 is: Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty
"On this day we recommit to think, decide and act together against extreme poverty -- and plan for a world where no-one is left behind. Our aim must be prosperity for all, not just a few." »Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
There has been considerable progress in achieving the MDGs. According the UN’s latest report:
Read more about the progress of each MDG
For nearly 40 years, OFID has been fighting poverty across a number of fronts. Since its inception, OFID has committed over US$17bn in development financing to a total 134 countries—53 are in Africa, 43 in Asia, 31 in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 7 in Europe.
OFID’s work is people-centered, focusing on projects that meet basic needs - such as food, energy, clean water and sanitation, healthcare and education – with the aim of encouraging self-reliance and inspiring hope for the future.