The overriding challenge Uganda faces today is the curse of poverty. Poverty, ‘the lack of something”(“Poverty.”), something can be materials, knowledge, or anything one justifies as necessary to living. Associated with poverty is the question of what causes poverty and how to stop poverty? The poverty rate in Uganda has declined from the year 2002 from the year 2009, which shows the percent of residents living in poverty has decreasing. Yet, the year is 2014 and the poverty rate could have drastically changed over the course of five years. One could assume the poverty rate would continue to decrease, which would be astounding and beneficial, but does poverty ever decrease enough to an acceptable level or even nonexistence? Poverty is a complex issue that continues to puzzle people from all across the globe. Poverty could possible be a question that is never truly answered.
When a piece of machinery stops running, typically a mechanic inspects the damage and determines the cause of the problem, such as a faulty piece. The mechanic can simply replace the broken part and the machine is operating again as if as nothing ever happened; a nice and easy fix without causing harm to other parts or to the machine functions. However, poverty cannot be merely fixed. Poverty is a particular part in the machine, which can never be replaced, but the machine can never stop running even with a damaged part. The poverty piece can be damaged but the root of the problem can never be pinpointed. There are too many factors and possible causes of the problem, trying to fix only one would not have any beneficial effect on the machine. Therefore, the equipment might not have the highest efficiency rate or even operate correctly, resulting in a malfunctioning piece of machinery, never with the possibility of being truly fixed.
Uganda is the machine with the broken poverty piece. Poverty is a part of Uganda that cannot replace, but continues to cause damage to Uganda. Poverty affects the entire nation of Uganda and Uganda’s society affects poverty equally in return. Poverty and people walk hand-in-hand; neither are independent of each other. Uganda cannot change today’s society and expect poverty to be fixed. The problem of poverty cannot be completely solved because there is not just one reason that needs to be addressed; there are many roots of poverty. The roots are all intertwined with each other; therefore, focusing on one source of poverty is not going to repair poverty. Poverty cannot be permanently fixed, but improved.
Comparing Uganda’s poverty rates over a span of time can show the improvement of the amount of people in poverty. Poverty rates cover households that fall under the national poverty line. The World Bank provides the poverty rates for the following years; in 2002, the poverty rate was at 38.8%, in 2005 at 31.1%, and in 2009 at 24.5%. People are actually rising above the poverty line. One can hope households are steadily rising above poverty, but...