Global Extreme Poverty

Recent United Nations’ Report

While global poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 2000, one in ten people in developing regions are still living with their families on less than the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day, and there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount.  Significant progress has been made in many countries within Eastern and Southeastern Asia, but up to 42% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa continues to live below the poverty line.

School Children Assembled in Their Classroom

Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood.  Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion, as well as the lack of participation in decision-making.

Important facts:

  • 783 million people live below the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day;
  • Most people living below the poverty line belong to two regions:  Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa;
  • High poverty rates are often found in small, fragile and conflict-affected countries; and
  • One in four children under age five in the world has inadequate height for his or her age.
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