What is Extreme Poverty?

The World Bank defines extreme poverty as living on less than $1.25 a day. Of the 1.4 billion people around the world who live in that degree of poverty, over 400 million of them are in sub-Saharan Africa. That is more than half the population of sub-Saharan Africa living in extreme poverty.

Think about that for a second. The figures are staggering.

Behind each number is a human being: a mother, father, sister or brother, son or daughter. Real people living in very real poverty.

 

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The problems are undeniably real. But we have a very real hope for a different future.

 

Things can change. Things are changing. And we remain committed to ending extreme poverty by developing individual capacity and potential. We provide the foundational tools communities need to raise themselves out of poverty.

 

“It is time for Africa to build a generation that is productive, well educated, and healthy…
Africa’s young people deserve nothing less.”

– Ritva Reinikka, Director of Human Development, Africa Region, World Bank

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