Global Poverty Act

The Global Poverty Act Overview
The Global Poverty Act requires the
President to develop and implement a
comprehensive strategy to further the
United States foreign policy objective
of promoting the reduction of global
poverty, the elimination of extreme
global poverty, and the achievement
of the Millennium Development Goal of
reducing by one-half the proportion of
people worldwide, between 1990 and
2015, who live on less than $1 per day.

Learn more about the Global Poverty Act at borgenproject.org.

What it Does
The Global Poverty Act:
• Declares it official U.S. policy to promote the reduction of global
poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the
achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme
global poverty in half by 2015.

• Requires the President to develop and implement a comprehensive
strategy to carry out that policy.

• Includes guidelines for what the strategy should include – from aid,
trade, and debt relief, to working with the international community,
businesses and NGOs, to ensuring environmental sustainability.

• Requires that the President’s strategy include specific and
measurable goals, efforts to be undertaken, benchmarks, and
timetables.

• Requires the President to report back to Congress on progress
made in the implementation of the global poverty strategy.

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