Presenting about extreme poverty in a country that actually has extreme poverty is always a bit of a weird one but I have to say the presentation is usually just as affective as it is in the developed world.
I was very fortunate to present to around 80 students at Greenwich University in the Defence area of Karachi. Greenwich is a private university owned and run by local people but it certainly caters for the demographic of the area which is to the more privilege people of Karachi.
I gave the Global Poverty Project 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation as I have done now more than 200 times but only for the third time in Pakistan. My audience was just as responsive and engaged as I have lucky to have across the world.
One of the interesting aspects was asking the similar questions as I do such as: How do we get extreme poverty down to zero?, What are the barriers for ending extreme poverty?, etc. The responses seemed to be here more around economics, trade natural resources and a more productive government. There is a sense of hope but grounded in a lot of reality that surrounds them.
By the end of the presentation and from the questions and camaraderie that ensued, it seems the presentation hit the mark and did as it usually does with sowing a seed or creating resolve for action to be an active part of the movement to see an end to extreme poverty.
A big thank you to Greenwich University, inspirational teachers Tahira and Lubna, the Rotaract Club members and the students of Greenwich University! My week in and out of this university was amazing with wonderful hospitality, care and support in my work and organising all sorts of things – best spicy chic-pea salad in cafeteria as well!
I think the outcomes will be long lasting as I’m sure we doubled or tripled the membership of the Rotaract Club and I will keep in touch with the university for future engagement and sharing of information and inspiration!