Vietnam's Plan for the Poor: Export Them
The Vietnamese government has a new plan to address the poverty in parts of Northern Mountainous and Central regions—send the people to another country.
"In April 2009, the Vietnamese government launched the Labor Export program (2009-2015) with an initial funding of VND 4.7 trillion (USD 264 million). The program has been implemented in 11 provinces. Majority of the labor force is being exported to countries in the Middle East and SE Asia."
Sources:SFG June 2011, page 14:
Domestic Private Companies Filling Gaps in Lebanon
In the aftermath of a 15 year civil war, which ended in 2006, Lebanon has "an urgent need for social development, relief, and reconstruction."
Some of these needs are being met by domestic private companies, who "consider community resilience as a viable investment for their long-term growth objectives."
Sources:SFG June 2011, pages 5, 6:
Why are poverty wages sometimes enough?
Although it may be hard for people in the global north or in the middle and upper class strata of the global south to understand why anyone would choose to work under terrible conditions for a mere 24USD a month (see http://rfsearchlight.clearsignals.org/node/246), as we will see, something is still better than nothing.
Sources:Searchlight South Asia by Intellecap; pg. 1