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Global challenge created by Erik Willekens Friday, April 25, 2014
Extreme poverty is a condition characterized by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information.
The world attained the first Millennium Development Goal target—to cut the 1990 poverty rate in half by 2015—five years ahead of schedule, in 2010. Despite this progress, the number of people living in extreme poverty remains unacceptably high. According to World Bank numbers from 2011, just over one billion people lived under the Extreme poverty line (less than $1.25 a day).
One billion people living in utter misery is not acceptable. This number is steadily decreasing but we believe more can be done to bring about faster change. Join us to find new solutions to eradicating extreme poverty.
842 million people (or one in eight people in the world) do not have enough to eat.
China pulled 680 million people out of misery in 1981-2010, and reduced its extreme-poverty rate from 84% in 1980 to 10% in 2013.
In 1960, the 20% of the world’s people in the richest countries had 30 times the income of the poorest 20% — in 1997, 74 times as much.
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