They are 7 Billions human living on planet earth. Out of 7 Billions, 1 billion people are poor.

Now, it is really important to agree on a common definition of poor. According to the UN, if you live on less than a dollar a day, then you are very poor. This measure is used for the poor worldwide.

According to Wikipedia, poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. And absolute poverty or destitution refers to the deprivation of basic human needs, which commonly includes food, water, sanitation, clothing, shelter, health care and education. Relative poverty is defined contextually as economic inequality in the location or society in which people live.

I tend to agree more with Wikipedia than the United Nations. I have issues with the UN “less than a dollar a day”. So for the reminder of this post, we will adopt the Wikipedia definition.

You want to participate in the development on your country? You don’t know really now where or even how to start.

Let me introduce you to books that will help you understand the problem and also provide practical solutions.

Africa’s Destiny : Understand the problem. Why is Africa the way it is? Understand the context, know your history!

In this section, I recommend fiction and non-fiction. The fiction work is based on reality.

1. Things Fall apart By Chinua Achebe (Nigeria: The Effect of the colonization)

Things Fall apart By Chinua Achebe
2. Pre-Colonial Black Africa By Cheikh Anta Diop (Africa: Ancient Civilization- Benin, Ghana, Mali…)

Pre-Colonial Black Africa
3. Weep, not child By Ngugi Wa Thiong’o ( Kenya: The Mau Mau Rebellion)

Weep, not child