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10 Facts About Global Poverty

  1. 1

    Seventy percent of the world's poorest people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture.

    (Millennium Development Goals Review)

  2. 2

    Globally, 20 percent of the world's people in the highest-income countries account for 86 percent of total private consumption expenditures – the poorest 20 percent a minuscule 1.3 percent.

    (UN Development Programme)

  3. 3

    Globally, 115 million children of primary school age are not in school; 61.6 million of those are girls. The greatest numbers of out-of-school children were found in sub-Saharan Africa (45 million) and South Asia (42 million).

    (UNESCO Institute for Statistics/UNICEF)

  4. 4

    Almost half of the world – over three billion people – lives on less than $2.50 per day.

    (Global Issues)

  5. 5

    As of 2005, an estimated 1.4 billion people in the Global South were living in extreme poverty, on less than $1.25 per day.

    (UN, The Millenium Development Goals Report 2010, Section 2:4)

  6. 6

    Globally, almost 854 million people lack clean drinking water; 2.5 billion people have no access to hygienic sanitation facilities.

    (UN Development Programme)

  7. 7

    In the Least Developed Countries, 850 million people are illiterate; nearly two-thirds are women.

    (UN Development Programme)

  8. 8

    An estimated 925 million people in the world suffer from hunger.

    (Bread for the World)

  9. 9

    Poor nutrition contributes to more than 1 out of 2 deaths (53 percent) associated with infectious diseases among children under five years of age in the Least Developed Countries.

    (World Health Organization)

  10. 10

    With just six cents per United States citizen per day, hunger could be cut in half within five years in the United States and within 15 years worldwide.

    (Bread for the World)