Naresh Singh has been making a difference for 30 years.

Naresh Singh has been making a difference for 30 years.

Toronto : Canada | Jun 10, 2013 at 2:15 PM PDT
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Naresh Singh has been making a difference for 30 years.

Last year, Wisdom Thinkers Network produced a powerful short video about Dr. Naresh Singh’s life-long commitment to ending poverty. The video portrait, “The End of Poverty”, showcases Singh who grew up poor, yet really didn’t recognize that he was poor. He believes that many of the world’s poor live that way, with a focus on what they have rather than what they lack.

Singh believes that a shift towards such an attitude would help society better handle the issue of poverty. Also, Singh feels that there needs to be a shift in how society defines “assets”, which are about so much more than bank accounts, consumer goods, and real estate.

More than two billion people globally live on less than $2 American per day. Singh feels that poverty is a menace to society, he wants to see an end to it, and he works towards this mandate every day.

“There needs to be empowerment given to the poor. There needs to be a re-confirming of the common humanity that we all share, whether rich or poor,” Singh states.

This video can be viewed at: The short piece shows a side of Singh that many don’t get to see. It highlights his ethics, his philosophy and the many contributions he has made while serving in a plethora of academic, scientific, and bureaucratic roles over the past thirty years.

Singh’s reputation precedes him. Born in Guyana, Naresh obtained a MSc. from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi then earned a PhD from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

His academic roles include visiting professor, scholar and fellow. He proudly served as Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, Global Equity Initiative; Adjunct Professor at Boston University, School of Public Health; Canada Trust Professor at the University of Waterloo; Visiting Scholar in International Development at McGill University; and Visiting Fellow at the University of Guelph.

Singh’s commitment to make a positive impact has resulted in six books, many contributing chapters and innumerable articles on issues he is passionate about: poverty, governance, and sustainable livelihoods.

His drive has led to an eminent career in international development that has taken him to more than 40 countries. Dedicated and committed to his work, Singh has always acted in the best interest of society and clients through a variety of important posts including:

- Director General of Strategic Planning and Operations at the Canadian Partnership Branch of CIDA

- Executive Director of the U.N. Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor

- Director General of Governance and Social Development at CIDA, Canadian International Development Agency

- Principal Adviser on Poverty and Sustainable Livelihoods for the United Nations Development Program

- Director of the Poverty and Empowerment Program at the International Institute for Sustainable Development

- Several years serving as Executive Director of the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute

- Acting as advisor for many organizations, including the Foundation of International Environment Law and Development, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the Pan American Health Organization

Through it all, his passion to serve the communities of the Caribbean has remained strong.

edenjones23 is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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