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SDG 1: No Poverty

Red icon with graphic of people to represent UNSDG Goal 1: No Poverty.

8.4 per cent of the world’s population, 670 million people, live on less than $2.15 a day

As human beings, our well-being is linked to each other. Growing inequality is detrimental to economic growth and undermines social cohesion, increasing political and social tensions and, in some circumstances, driving instability and conflicts.

High-impact research

Are the kids alright? New study provides first‑ever comprehensive snapshot of youth well‑being in Nova Scotia
Dalhousie researchers are providing a unique glimpse into the well-being of children and youth in Nova Scotia in a new report, One Chance to Be a Child, that yields critical insights through the lens of a child's rights. Read the Dal News story on the development of the report.

Collaboration for refugee resettlement
The Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition (CYRRC) is a coalition of over one hundred academics, education and service provider organizations (ESPO), and federal and provincial government representatives committed to promoting the successful integration of refugee children and youth in Canada. The project director, Michael Ungar, Ph.D. is the founder and Director of Dal's Resilience Research Centre.

Understanding collaboration practices guiding the road to economic well being of African–Nova Scotian communities
Researchers in the Faculty of Management are working with community partners to fill a gap in our understanding of the collaboration process. Specifically, how collaboration between organizations and the community can remove barriers to economic prosperity for marginalized African–Nova Scotian and Black community members in Halifax.

You Are Pretty Much On Your Own. The Two Disasters of Homelessness and The Pandemic
Researchers in the School of Social Work participated in an animated short that summarizes their study exploring the homeless sector in Nova Scotia during the COVID-19 pandemic: "COVID-19 and Homelessness: Promoting Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery in Two Communities in Nova Scotia." Watch the animated short on YouTube.

Exceptional student experience

Be a part of transformative learning
Dalhousie's School of Social Work believes that a commitment to social justice is the foundation of social work education and practice. Our program qualifies students to practice social work across Canada and around the world.

Bringing the world to class
The innovative Introduction to Development Studies Course is taught by a team of International Development Studies faculty who address core concepts of poverty, inequality, and injustice and include opportunities for experiential learning.

Poverty Law and Human Rights
The Schulich School of Law offers an in-depth analysis of poverty and the social welfare system in Canada, Poverty Law and Human Rights, which looks critically at the lawyer’s role in pursuing remedies to the problems of people of low income.

Commerce students run virtual 5 Days campaign to raise money for youth experiencing homelessness in Halifax
You can usually see Commerce students in bright orange t-shirts sleeping outside the Rowe Building for a week in March, collecting money for Phoenix Youth Programs from passersby. Over the years, the Dalhousie Commerce Society has raised over $67,000 during 5 Day events. Read more about the 5 Days campaign in Faculty of Management news.

Civic university with global impact

Start-up assistance at every academic level
Dal Innovates empowers Atlantic Canadian researchers to translate their research through commercialization. We support researchers, master’s students, PhD’s, postdocs, faculty and undergraduates in building skills, mindsets and attitudes as they explore and experience innovation and entrepreneurship. Explore the Dal Innovates 2022 Year-in-Review.

‘We are always shifting, we are always adaptable, that is one of the strengths of our clinic’
The Dalhousie School of Social Work Community Clinic is evolving in their approach to a three-tiered philosophy: To provide a socially just, anti-oppressive delivery platform for those living in poverty and/or people who are marginalized in Halifax, to sustain a deep interprofessional hub offering care to those who are excluded from civil society, and to foster a meaningful learning/training environment for health professional students. Read a story about the clinic's evolution in Faculty of Health News.

Dalhousie's United Way campaign raises $100,000 plus each year
Our annual United Way Campaign encourages members of the Dalhousie community to contribute to the United Way's local network of community supports.

Foundation for inclusion and distinction

Dal launches new tuition waiver program for former youth in care
The Dalhousie Post-Care Tuition Waiver seeks to increase access to higher education at the university for youth who have spent time in foster care growing up. The initiative will offer up to 10 former youth in care tuition waivers for undergraduate studies at Dalhousie, enabling them to attend the university free of tuition charges. Read the Dal News story about the launch of the tuition waiver program.

The Sankofa Scholarships are breaking down barriers for students of African descent
The Sankofa Scholarships were created as an act of reparative justice to help address systemic barriers faced by students from Black communities in the Caribbean, Canada and Nova Scotia. Read the Dal News story covering the scholarship announcement.

Dalhousie to offer free menstrual products in campus restrooms
Period poverty is an issue that affects all ages, backgrounds and income levels. It prevents individuals, particularly those in low-income or marginalized communities, from managing their menstrual health in a healthy manner. This is especially true for students whose limited income is being split between tuition, rent, and groceries. Read the Dal News story about the free menstrual products initiative.

Supporting students financially
Dalhousie University's Undergraduate Bursary program provides funds to assist students in financial need. Dalhousie also offers temporary loans of up to $1,000 to help students make it through cash-flow crunches, until other funding arrives. The Managing Your Money resources can also help with budgeting strategies and tips for living affordably.

Dalhousie‑led campaign raises funds for student‑led food security programs across N.S.
Nova Scotia universities and the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) joined with Dalhousie to raise more than $200,000 to improve food security for students as part of a province-wide initiative on Giving Tuesday 2021. Read the Dal News story about the success of the food security campaign.