Cubate Limited Mobiles for Development December 20113
Section One - The Vision to Provide Solutions
What is the overall problem?
People, equivalent to 1 in 4, live in extreme poverty (on less than
a day). Over
live on less than $2.50 a day
The World Bank’s
Global Economic Prospects 2010 estimated that the poverty count was
than if there had been no financial crisis. This amounts to about
more working poorliving in extreme poverty in 2009 than would have been expected on the basis of pre-crisis trends
people entered the 21st century unable
to read a book or sign their names
. On a globallevel
girls still lag behind boys
in secondary school participation.
81 million young people out of work globally in 2009
, youth unemployment remains a concern inalmost every country.
1.4 billion people living in poverty
.Of the world's
27 million refugees80% are women.
"Who is my neighbour? In the old days maybe it was the guys down the street; but actually now it
is these guys in Africa. I feel responsible to connect in and be a part of the solution”.
Modern globalisation and the ease of transnational communication mean that the community I can connectwith in South Africa is essentially my poor neighbour. Global is now local, I can fly and be with them in a matterof hours and chat daily over Skype. Therefore, I feel personal responsibility to work towards a solution forcommunities trapped in cycles of poverty all over the developing world. We all need to use our expertise toconnect into solving endemic problems.-
David Erasmus speaking to the Ambassador(s) for Philanthropy, 2009
What is our vision for modern philanthropy?
It is crucial to champion the role of enterprise in the education of young people and to create hubs of entrepreneurial employment opportunities
expose individuals to an environment full of hope wherethey can develop a strong sense of
At the root of poverty is despair and sense of dependant apathywhich needs to be addressed and overcome. Simply exposing people to an idea that they can do what theywant to and treating them with
is vitally important. Programmes must
promote relational activity,
can be found in
and bring a sense of
In many developing countries communal styles of living are already an asset and if weharness these we can nurture environments where people
learn, share and thrive together
. For this reasonmany of the projects we support are found at a grass root level
level the projects that we like to be involved with must be
Traceable, Transparent, Relational andCommunal.
An emphasis on fostering good quality relationships which help cement identity and promotedignity is pivotal.
During the past two years David has been working alongside Dame Stephanie Shirley and the other Ambassadors forPhilanthropy. He is featured on the website:http://www.ambassadorforphilanthropy.com/d_erasmus.html