Social Interventions: poverty; aging

Intervention 1: Poverty reduction by concern worldwide US

Extreme poverty continues to hinder many people from both low and middle-income countries. Those who live in extreme poverty continue to face other challenges such as lack of clean water, poor health among others. This intervention aiming at curbing extreme poverty is founded on different subprojects covering areas that empower the target population. The subproject covers livelihood, education, water and sanitation, community empowerment among others. The intervention covers poor people from 26 countries around the world. By the end of 2016, the intervention have benefited and touched over 9.1 million people across the interventions country including 200,000 people who received malnutrition treatment and 290,000 who received better access to water and improved sanitation in Ethiopia, 257,500 people who received nutrition help during the drought in Pakistan, 200,000 people in Niger who were assisted to receive better healthcare among others (annual report 2016).

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The interventions are funded by different funders ranging from government to other NGO and individuals. According to their financials, in the year ending 2016, the intervention received over 30 million us dollars from government grants, over 7 million us dollars from Non-governmental grants. Others funders include individuals and special events. Out of the amount they get, 95% goes to programs services while others go to general and administrative and fundraising (concern worldwide US annual reports 2016). The intended result is the eradication of extreme poverty in their field stations (countries) where the interventions are.

The intervention is working well as it is bringing positive impacts in the countries where they are working in. There are well-defined goals under every subproject used to measure impact and intervention performance. The intervention keeps a well-organized data as per the subproject and the field stations. In improving healthcare through treatment and screening of malnutrition among children in central Africa republic, the intervention impacted 16, 300 children, organizing their data in such manner help in making sure that, every impacted person is recorded and there is ease of measuring its success. The intervention has several positive consequences. Through this intervention, people living on a dollar a day are able to improve their lives through improved livelihood interventions.

The intervention has helped construction of health centers in the countries they are working in. such interventions have been of great help in many countries. Depending on the needs of that country the field team designs subprojects that help in addressing both long-term and short-term outcomes. The design of this intervention is that it provides a quick and long-term solution to the issues that face the community in countries they are working in. in areas that face drought and famine, the intervention is able to provide relief food as a short-term measure and also design livelihood programs to help such communities to cushion themselves from future droughts. With such interventions, communities are able to access a holistic solution to poverty tackling it from different angles.

As with other aids, provision of short-term aids and help has been found to have little or no long-term help, the intervention must, therefore, concentrate on “teaching the affected community how to fish rather than giving them fish.” The management should, therefore, concentrate on empowering the community to be self-reliance rather than providing short-term projects. The intervention is very popular as it has attracted the attention of several development practitioners’ interest. From the government of the united states which provide a large number of their finances to individuals and the general public. From supports and collaborations with other organizations, it is possible to tell that, the intervention has positive impact and boasts huge approval from development stakeholders.

Intervention 2: Issues relating to aging by Age International

There is an increase in the number of aged people and it will continue to increase dramatically. Age international has developed an intervention aimed at helping the elderly in developing nations. The intervention is founded on 5 pillars which involve supporting grandparents, Emergency aids, Health and care, Pension and Poverty, and protecting rights. This provides a holistic intervention toward addressing the issues faced by the aged people. The intervention impact is spread across different countries depending on their founding pillars. In the financial year 2016/17 403 thousand people were empowered to fight for their rights through older people associations, provided emergency relief to over 270,000 older people in 13 countries, over 517,000 older people in 21 countries were able to access health care services, supported by 171,000 older people on how to respond to violence and abuses (Annual report 2016/17).

Other noticeable impacts are in the effort to empower the old on income and food security programs were over 60, 0000 people benefited. In 2016/17 financial year, the intervention cost was over 16.6 million pounds with over 50% coming from institution trust and corporate grants. Other noticeable sources of funding include Age Uk grants which brought in 3.1 million pounds, legacies which brought in 2.1 million pounds, individual donation 1.6m pounds and emergency appeals (Age international annual report 2016/2017). The intervention intended results is helping the elderly by empowering them economically, strengthening their rights, and improving the access to quality and affordable health care.

The intervention provides data that clearly indicates how many people have benefited. The data provide detailed information based on their sub-projects detailing how many people have benefited from such projects across their project countries. Additionally, the intervention provides detailed information on the amount of money that they were able to source and how the money was used. Data indicates that over 80.75 of the total cost were used for development programme indicating their commitment and dedication to the intervention.

As more people continue to join the senior citizen category, they are faced with issues relating to health, ageism, and poverty. The intervention has enabled many older people to have access to health care, fight toward the formation of UN convention on older people human rights, provision of and helping older people to start income generating activities to improve on their livelihood among others. The intervention has also provided relief food to older people during famine and droughts. Provision of drought-resistant seeds has helped older people to rebuild their livelihood in Ethiopia. Other impacts include the provision of livestock exchange scheme in Kenya that helped older people to sell animals and get access to food and water. Other impacts include the formation of the task force that addresses and support older people with disabilities in South Sudan. All these provide both short term and long term solutions to issues that are facing older people. Such interventions have increased awareness on issues facing the older generation and provided yardsticks on how to improve their conditions. Additionally, governments can benefit from the support of the intervention on how to deal with the issues touching the older generation.

Just like any other aid and donation giving strategies, the intervention must concentrate on empowering the older people to be able to solve their problems rather than helping them in solving such problems. Such move may lead to society being an overreliance on aids and donations. Judging from the funders and support that the intervention gets from stakeholders, the intervention is highly approved. Government and individuals have come together to support the interventions through funding while receiving governments have provided support to the intervention.

 

Work cited

Age international Annual Report for 2016/2017 retrieved from https://www.ageinternational.org.uk/Documents/Age%20Int_Annual%20Report_201617 final.pdf

Concern Worldwide US Annual Report 2016 retrieved from https://www.concernusa.org/content/uploads/2017/07/Concern-Worldwide-US-2016- Annual-Report.pdf

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