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Of the world’s 736 million extreme poor in 2015, 368 million—half of the total—lived in just 5 countries. The 5 countries with the highest number of extreme poor are (in descending order): India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh. 

 

To make significant continued progress towards the global target of reducing extreme poverty (those living on less than $1.90 a day) to less than 3 percent by 2030, large reductions in poverty in these five countries will be crucial. Read More.

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IDA: Our Fund for the Poorest

The International Development Association (IDA) aims to reduce poverty by providing funding for programs that boost economic growth.

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Ending Extreme Poverty and Sharing Prosperity: Progress and Policies

The policy note examines policies needed to accelerate progress toward achieving a world free of poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

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Systematic Country Diagnostics

The SCD looks at issues in countries and seeks to identify barriers and opportunities for sustainable poverty reduction.

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The Pulse of South Sudan

Through surveys, the initiative gathers data on poverty and also collects video testimonials from people on their living conditions.

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