The Global Challenge

Today, 702 million people live on $1.90 a day or less. People living in extreme poverty are forced to make impossible choices daily between food, medicine, housing, or education.

But extreme poverty is more than just a number, or the lack of income and consumption – it is the denial of basic freedoms and human dignity. While much progress has been made, ending extreme poverty will be a much more difficult task than halving it has been in the last 30 years.

Extreme poverty is pervasive in today’s poorest countries, many of which are in sub-Saharan Africa. A significant number of vulnerable people also remain in Asia, and pockets of extreme poverty continue to exist in all regions, even in countries that have moved into middle-income status. There are also rising challenges due to conflict, climate change, and rapid urbanisation will pull millions of households below the poverty line.

Recognising the urgency of this issue, world leaders have been lifting every person out of extreme poverty by 2030 the number one priority as a part of Sustainable Development Goals. The poorest must be equipped to do more than just cope, and should be able to survive and thrive. No one must be left behind.

Graduation Paves a Pathway

Watch our video on how Graduation paves a pathway out of extreme poverty.