Funding a War on Poverty: Tax and Spend

This month world leaders have their best opportunity for a generation to do something about deprivation and poverty. Tax and spend is part of a new formula to deal with an old problem. The question is whether the political will is there.

The World Today Published 1 March 2002 Updated 23 October 2020 3 minute READ

Tony Colman

Member of International Development Select Committee

In January, president general Pervez Musharaf of Pakistan spoke eloquently and passionately about Haquooqul Ibad – obligations towards fellow human beings – and about the real and complex meaning of jihad.

The smaller struggle, or Jihad-e-Asghar, is over, he told his people; now is the time for a greater war, a war against poverty, illiteracy, hunger and pain. Not only in Pakistan should this idea of an ultimate struggle be heeded: globally we need to launch an international equivalent to Jihad-e-Akbar – the greater struggle.

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