Samoa has recognized poverty as a global issue and the need to collectively overcome it.
A visiting professor from the United States, Dr Ted London at the National University of Samoa (NUS) highlighted poverty as a worldwide concern. Dr London said that in Samoa, alleviating poverty requires the involvement of the private and public sectors. "If the government and privately owned businesses affiliate in approaching the poor then there will be a possibility that the level of poverty will decrease slowly. If our local and foreign businesses affiliated with the government in addressing this issue then they will create value for the people with benefits."
Dr Safua Akeli, the Director of NUS Centre for Samoan Studies said with the growing population, Samoa should see where it fits, what are the approaches that are currently in place and is their room for the private sector to collaborate. She explained there would be a big difference if the private sector agrees to collaborate because poverty cannot be addressed only by the government. "The private sectors are often missing but their collaboration will motivate the addressing of social issues and we can approach them whether it's in health or business because they play a crucial role in the community."
Dr Ted also explained that poverty can lead to diseases and physical limitations but can be avoided or prevented with the right strategies and toolkit. He said sustainability will help people to be more inclusive of the wealth they inhabited and will contribute to lessening poverty levels.