Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A25. Global Poverty and Grassroots Innovation

In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals came to a close. But, worldwide, nearly a billion people continue to live in “extreme poverty” without food, shelter, clean water, electricity, healthcare, and education. How to eradicate “extreme poverty,” according to the United Nations, still remains the greatest global and humanitarian challenge. This seminar will investigate this dilemma and how socioeconomic status, gender, race, ethnicity, and geography marginalize the poor. We will examine how economic shocks, food insecurity, contagious diseases, and natural disasters add to the global crisis in poverty. We will also look at grassroots innovations that poor communities have created to foster sustainable development.