Chart: India lifted 133 million people out of poverty between 1994 and 2012


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This blog post is part of the India: Pathways to Prosperity blog series

India is home to the largest number of poor people in the world, as well as the largest number of people who have recently escaped poverty. Despite an emerging middle class, many of India’s people are still vulnerable to falling back into poverty, making the country uniquely placed to drive global poverty reduction. In the last few weeks, a new blog series analyzed publicly available data to better understand what has driven poverty reduction from the mid-1990s until 2012, and the potential pathways that can lead to a more prosperous India. Learn more





Ambar Narayan

Lead Economist, Poverty Global Practice, World Bank

Rinku Murgai

Practice Manager, East Asia and Pacific Region’s Poverty and Equity Team