We believe it is possible to eradicate extreme global poverty

 

Issues we seek to solve:

1/2 of the world's population - more than 3 billion people - live on less than $2.50 a day

  • The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income, whereas the richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income
  • Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 43 percent of the global poor 
  • Indigenous peoples make up about 5 percent of the world's population but for some 15 percent of the world's poor 
  • More than eight in 10 Americans (84 percent) are unaware global poverty has decreased by more than half in the past 30 years; more than two-thirds (67%) say they thought global poverty was on the rise over the past three decades 
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More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty - less than $1.25 a day

  • Among the poor living on less than $1.25 per day, just under half have electricity 
  • 30 percent of the world's extremely poor live in India 
  • Almost three-fifths of the world's extreme poor are concentrated in just five countries: Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, and Nigeria 

An estimated 22,000 children die each year due to poverty

  • In the United States, more than 14.5 million (19.7 percent) children under the age of 18 were are in poverty 
  • A third of all poor in the developing world are children 0-12 years 
  • In developing countries (where 92 percent of children live) 7 in 100 will not survive beyond age 5 
  • In developing countries, nearly half of all mothers and newborns do not receive skilled care during and immediately after birth
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