Fewer people today live in extreme poverty than at any time in history, but the fight to count poverty out is about to get much harder.
Family of Malam Abubakar Naibi, who is involved in fish farming in the village of Suleja in Niger State. © Arne Hoel/World Bank

The United Nations, World Bank, ICRC, Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services launch an unprecedented partnership to prevent future famines.
A young mother and her baby visit the local nutrition center in rural Madagascar. © Mohamad Al-Arief/World Bank
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Our Mission

The World Bank Group has two goals,

To end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in a sustainable way

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We engage the development community with real-world statistics

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Globally, extreme poverty has rapidly declined. New poverty estimates by the World Bank suggest that the number of extremely poor people — those who live on $1.90 a day or less — has fallen from 1.9 billion in 1990 to about 736 million in 2015. Read More.


We support countries' poverty reduction strategies

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We provide analysis and advice for developing countries

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We help developing countries find solutions to the toughest global and local development challenges—from adapting to climate change to boosting food security to increasing access to energy.

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