What would your reaction be if you had to feed yourself for a day with less than $2 USD?  What kind of food would you be able to afford? Do you consider it would be nourishing for your body, in order to keep you healthy?

For some, these questions seem absurd, nonetheless, this is the unfortunate reality of one out of every ten people worldwide. According to the United Nations Development Programme, 1.3 billion people live in multidimensional poverty, and of which, 60 out of 100 of them live in extreme poverty, lacking proper alimentation and water sanitation. Poverty affects society in many ways, such as deficient and/or nonexistent education, inadequacy of health services, and in some cases, even absence of housing. Because poverty causes economic stagnation, the unemployment rates rise, and often, men and women are forced to work in circumstances that do not dignify them as human beings. Despite of the many efforts seen during the last thirty years, there is still a long way to go to fully assure employment to each and every one of us.

In order to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and accomplish satisfactory results, it is mandatory to depart from traditional patterns. Despite some may affirm that technology is actually destroying jobs because of automatization, this statement is not that completely true. Science is not meant to separate us, but unite us to form a society in which technology is our ally to face upcoming challenges. As reported by World Economic Forum, science and technology is facilitating economic growth in developing countries. Technology plays a critical role for these communities, for it contributes in many ways to increase employment and decrease poverty. Information and Communication Technologies support the previous statement. The outcomes seen in the past few years prove that ICTs and their usage actually contribute to development in education, healthcare and work, just to mention few examples.  Innovation and entrepreneurship have been aided by the usage of technology in order to satisfy their competences and increase their market, changing traditional business forever. This is something I believe is true, because I have seen it myself in my country, El Salvador. With the support that social media platforms have provided, nowadays, small business owners, casual workers, and population in general, are able to exponentially increase their incomes, improving their lifestyles. Technology also provides the tools urgently needed for nations to develop better, in access to quality education and jobs that reduce world poverty. With recent programs that strengthen the educational system in developing countries, more people are able to conclude their studies and obtain jobs that ensure a dignified life for their families. Finally, technology is not only advantageous for these times we are currently living, but it also prepares future generations to develop their inventiveness, no matter what country they live in.

 

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