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The number of extremely poor people continues to rise in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Globally, extreme poverty has rapidly declined. New poverty estimates by the World Bank suggest that the number of extremely poor people—those who live on $1.90 a day or less—has fallen from 1.9 billion in 1990 to about 736 million in 2015.

However, the number of people living in extreme poverty is on the rise in Sub-Saharan Africa, comprising more than half of the extreme poor in 2015. Forecasts also indicate that by 2030, nearly 9 in 10 extremely poor people will live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Find more information and the latest poverty estimates at World Bank PovcalNet and Poverty & Equity Data portal.



Submitted by Helena Nordenstedt on

Thank you for this blog post and the very user friendly visualization!

However, I find the title to be misleading. The number of extreme poor is not on the rise in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has been increasing, but is actually peaking now 2018-2019 with 437 million people, and then slowly decline again to reach 416 million in 2030.

What I think should be highlighted (and also is highlighted) is that the total number is still falling (from 736 million to around 500 million, while we still have a population increase ongoing thus making the percentage fall even more), and that almost everyone living in extreme poverty in 2030 will be living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Submitted by debola Ogunduyi on

Please send me this report on The number of extremely poor people continues to rise in Sub-Saharan Africa

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