World-Wide Poverty Numbers

One website that has provided me with quick and reliable information regarding poverty and related topics is the Global Issues website. There you’ll find information and articles about the causes of poverty, poverty around the world, poverty facts and statistics, and much more.

Here are some poverty facts and information found on the Global Issues website that should stir our hearts with compassion and motivate us to action on behalf of the world’s impoverished:

  • About half the world – over three billion people – live on less than $2.50 US a day
  • The poorest 40% of the world’s population accounts for 5% of global income. The richest 20% accounts for three-quarters of world income
  • According to UNICEF, 26,500-30,000 children die each day due to poverty
  • Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation
  • There are 2.2 billion children in the world. One billion live in poverty
  • 10.6 million children died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5
  • 1.4 million children die each year from lack of access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation
  • 2.2 million children die each year because they are not immunized
  • Approximately 790 million people in the developing world are still chronically undernourished, almost two-thrids of whom reside in Asia and the Pacific

And, then we read:

  • In 2005, the wealthiest 20% of the world accounted for 76.6% of total private consumption. The poorest fifth just 1.5%
  • The world’s billionaires – just 497 people (approximately 0.000008% of the world’s population) – were worth $3.5 trillion (over 7% of world GDP)
  • 51% of the world’s 100 wealthiest bodies are corporations

So many with so very little…so few with so very much.

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