Thursday, December 26, 2013

Fact of the Day

 A fifth of the planet's population still faces extreme poverty.

A self-reported poll by Gallop showed household income data across 131 countries indicates that more than one in five residents (22%) live on $1.25 per day or less -- the World Bank's definition of "extreme poverty". Around one in three (34%) live on no more than $2 per day, says Gallup. 

The ten countries with the highest proportion of residents living on $1.25 per day or less are all in sub-Saharan Africa. In each of them, more than two-thirds of residents are living in extreme poverty; in Burundi and Liberia, that proportion nears 90%. Combining results from 27 sub-Saharan African countries for which data are available reveals that 54% of residents are living in extreme poverty -- easily the highest proportion among global regions worldwide.

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