What is Poverty

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Tap into stats, facts and trends related to the world's poor.
Economic Development
Making Africa Globally Competitive

The World Bank's new Africa Competitiveness Report cautions that despite high economic growth rates, Africans have not experienced better living conditions. "More investments in science and innovation, as well as a focus on skills development and training, will give young Africans the skills they need to compete in the global economy - an urgent need in a continent that is home to 200 million people between the ages of 15 to 24," the article says.

Ethopia Shows Its Potential

Ethiopia has one of the highest growth rates of the African continent, between 8 percent and 10 percent of its annual gross domestic product. One Ethiopian in three still lives below the poverty line - existing on less than 60 cents a day - but a bona fide middle class is emerging, mostly in cities.

Mining in Colombia

As Colombia's cocaine production slows down, the country's institutions have struggled to adjust to its growing mineral and oil production.

Health and Medical
New Health Data

The World Health Organization has released its 2013 report on the health of the world's people.


This chart compares the influence of income on health for all UN member countries and countries or territories with more than 1 million people.

World's AIDS Day

As Colombia's cocaine production slows down, the country's institutions have struggled to adjust to its growing mineral and oil production.

Migrant Children at Risk in Thailand

Recent statistics estimate there are nearly 2.5 million migrant workers from Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Cambodia in Thailand - nearly half of them undocumented. Lacking social protections and legal status, migrant children represent one of the most disadvantaged groups when it comes to early childhood development, a critical period between birth and eight years of age.

Garment Workers in Bangladesh

An article from The Guardian discusses whether working conditions facing garment workers in Bangladesh is exploitation or a form of modern-day slavery. "This is an industry where the workers are not just exploited and forced to work in an environment of harassment, violence and abuse, but where basic guarantees of safety have been thrown to the wind," the article states.

Anti-blasphemy Law in Bangladesh

Demonstrations have turned deadly in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where Muslims demand that the government enact an anti-blasphemy law.

Dominican Women in Bangladesh

The Association of Dominicans Living in Argentina says Dominican women go to the South American country in search of better employment opportunities, but often fall into prostitution networks due to a lack of work.

International Women's Day

Celebrated on March 8th every year, this day inspires women and celebrates their achievements.

International Day of the African Child

Celebrated on June 16th every year, this day draws attention to the lives of children in Africa.

Infant Survival
Infant Survival

According to the Save the Children mothers' index, the worst place in the world to give birth is the Democratic Republic of the Congo, - where a woman has a one in 30 chance of dying as a result. A new index added to the latest edition of the report is newborn deaths. Five countries where Compassion works rank among the ten with the highest newborn death rates in the world: India, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Tanzania.

"Cost-effective Compassion"

This article by Dr. Bruce Wydick from Christianity Today identifies the ten most effective strategies for helping the poor.

Refugees in Sri Lanka

Puttalam is one of the poorest provinces in Sri Lanka and home to roughly 75,000 internally displaced Muslims and their descendants; they were forced to flee the northern provinces at the height of the country's civil war in 1990. Today, they are still reluctant to return home.

Compassion currently has 10 child development centers in the Puttalam province, including one in the city of Puttalam.

Governance Needed to End Poverty

The World Bank's anti-corruption council leader reinforces that overcoming institutional weaknesses and instituting zero tolerance for corruption are both essential to see the end of poverty. "Without improving governance, it will not be possible to lift the 1.2 billion people who still live on $1.25 or less a day out of poverty," the article says.

How Do the Poor Describe Poverty?

This blog post by Dr. Scott Todd of Compassion International discusses how our perception of poverty can differ from that of those who are actually living in it.

Millennium Development Goals

The World Bank provides great background information on the Millennium Development Goals and the progress that has been made to achieve them.

World Poverty Day

This international day is observed on October 17th of every year. One billion children worldwide lack basic needs such as food, shelter, and clean water.

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
Water & Sanitation Update

According to Progress on Sanitation and Drinking-Water 2013 Update (a joint report issued by WHO and UNICEF), around 2.4 billion people - one-third of the world's population - will continue to lack proper sanitation in 2015. This means the 2015 Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of the 1990 population without sanitation will be missed by 8 percent, or by half a billion people.