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Faces of poverty

POVERTY MEANS:

More than 1.2 billion people in this world are living on less than 1 dollar a day. Yet, the world now has the capacity and the means to overcome poverty



Poverty cannot just be defined in economic terms (one fifth of the world's population live in absolute poverty, with less than a dollar a day). Poverty is also defined in terms of malnutrition, shorter life expectancy, lack of access to clean water and sanitation, illness, illiteracy, lack of access to school, culture, health care, credit or assets.

Yet, we are the first generation in history that has the capacity and the means to overcome poverty. Wealth per capita is at its historical peak (average per capita purchasing power has been multiplied by three during the last 50 years), science has made unprecedented strides, communication networks and transportation are in place as are the institutions required.



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Some of the "faces" of poverty:


Education
Work
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Food and water
Health
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Housing
Social exclusion
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Environment
Women and poverty
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Facts and figures on poverty

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Education
Work
Food and water
Health
Housing
Social exclusion
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Women and poverty
 
 
 
Over a billion people do not have access to clean water
United Nations Development Programme
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