October 2021 / Stephanie Guha, Senior Policy Adviser Poverty/LNOB, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
As we embark on the post-COVID recovery and getting back on track with the Sustainable Development Goals, many are talking of “building back better”. However, the message from the people living in extreme poverty is clear; they do not want a return to the past nor to build back to what it was before. They do not want a return to the endemic structural disadvantages and inequalities. Instead, people living in poverty propose to build forward.
Building forward means transforming our relationship with nature, dismantling structures of discrimination that disadvantage people in poverty and building on the moral and legal framework of human rights that places human dignity at the heart of policy and action.
The commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty took place with this year’s theme: Building Forward Together.
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