Living in a world where more than one and a half billion people live under the poverty line, it can be difficult to decrease levels of poverty and increase the distribution of economic income. There can also be many roadblocks associated with implementing sustainable global development, according to Heather Rome, formerly of Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI). While humanitarian aid and disaster relief are meant to deliver short-term assistance in times of unforeseen emergencies and catastrophic natural disasters, global development is aimed at delivering long-term and sustainable economic solutions for income generation and stabilization.
Some of the development challenges faced by the underdeveloped nations in our world include internal political conflict or a close proximity to warring external nations. Other nations must compensate for limited natural resources, geographic barriers, or climate challenges. A variety of statistics are often reviewed to categorize the level of global development need, including the gross domestic product of a nation, the average per-capita income, literacy rates, and infant mortality rates. Existing information on population growth, such as life expectancy, human rights and political freedoms, are also evaluated. Studies show that successful global development is not only a matter of creating sustainable economic solutions, but also implementing them in accordance with the area’s cultural and social norms.
Heather Rome saw firsthand, through her global work with DAI, some of the daily challenges faced by underdeveloped nations and their populations. Her efforts, initiatives, and compassion to help provide opportunities, innovative solutions, and a higher quality of life in the global arena have earned much respect and renown throughout the development and business communities.