Extreme Poverty: Can it be ended?

If Jesus said the poor would always be with us, can extreme poverty really be eradicated from the face of the earth?

Claiming that we can eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth is incredibly bold. But Scott Todd believes it is also surprisingly realistic. The key, he believes, is to stop being naive about the incredible evidence of progress and raise our expectations of what God intends to do through the Church.

Scott provides evidence, offers a provocative argument that Jesus never said the poor would always be with us and calls for us to “live 58.”

Dr. Scott Todd is the Senior Ministry Advisor in the President’s Office at Compassion International, where he oversees Compassion’s global Advocacy efforts and represents Compassion in networks focused on mission, development and children. During his tenure at Compassion he has served as Director of the AIDS Initiative, the Child Survival Program, and Complementary Interventions — a set of programs ranging from disaster response to Bible distribution.

Scott is chairman of the Board of Directors for North America’s largest network of Christian relief and development organizations. In addition to co-authoring Shared Strength and Relentless Hope, he is the author of Fast Living: How the Church Will End Extreme Poverty and Poverty, a book from Compassion’s Ministry Philosophy Series. He is also one of the architects and leading voices of 58: Fast. Forward. The End of Poverty — an action-based alliance of world-class, poverty-fighting organizations that have joined together to unleash the power and possibilities of the global Church to end extreme poverty.

Prior to his work at Compassion, Scott was an award-winning scientist and a winner of multiple grants in medical research. After receiving his Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of California, he was a National Lymphoma Foundation Scholar at Stanford University Medical Center. His medical research was funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the National Institutes of Health. Scott is a senior author on over a dozen scientific articles published in biomedical journals and holds a patent for the treatment of Hepatitis C.

A passionate follower of Jesus Christ, Scott left academic research to join Compassion International in 2003. He began learning from children, parents and pastors across the developing world and applied that learning by leading design teams for innovative programs in holistic child development and in shaping the development philosophy of Compassion.

A renowned expert on global poverty, Scott is a sought-after and gifted communicator with a passion for making the case that ending extreme poverty is not only possible, but probable in our lifetime. He has spoken in churches, conferences, workshops and leadership events across Asia, Africa and Latin America as well as in the U.S. He has been featured in national television and radio news interviews, where he champions the importance of children, the criticality of the church and the centrality of Christ.