Fixing world poverty may seem like an altruistic dream that only Miss Universe contestants are able to aspire towards. But according to international development experts, our idealistic goal of eradicating global poverty is very achievable.

“In fact, I’ve seen it done over and over again in community after community,” says Plan International Australia CEO, Ian Wishart. “But you can’t solve poverty in a community in one year.

“Most poverty is intergenerational and passed on from one generation to the next. That’s why people often miss seeing the change because it’s taking place in communities over a long period of time, around 15-to-20 years. So to end poverty, you have to break that generational cycle.”

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