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Report Examines Declines, Advancements Among World’s Poorest Communities

“Despite global efforts to provide development aid, the world’s poorest are getting poorer, says a new report by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD),” Inter Press Service reports. “Several factors beyond the control of poor communities, such as government corruption, natural disasters and economic barriers, have exacerbated or displaced many poor people’s livelihoods, according to the report, [titled] ‘Setting the post-2015 development compass: voices from the ground,’ a part of the agency’s COMPASS 2015 research project,” the news service writes. The report also points to lack of education access as a major driver of poverty, the news service notes. However, “[n]ot all findings from the report were negative indicators of poverty,” IPS writes, noting, “The report found communities with significant improvements on changing discriminatory norms, such as increased political participation for indigenous people and government policies with reduced stigma attached to being HIV-positive.” IPS continues, “The findings of the report also reflect the major policy areas that need to be addressed — such as prioritizing conflict prevention, disaster and conflict risk reduction and promoting the creation of decent jobs — by policymakers at multiple levels” (Lim, 7/31).