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Use Our Data

Today, less than 10 percent of the world population lives in extreme poverty. Based on information about basic needs collected from 15 low-income countries, the World Bank defines the extreme poor as those living on less than $1.90 a day. However, because more people in poverty live in middle-income, rather than low-income, countries today, higher poverty lines have been introduced. These lines are $3.20 and $5.50 a day, which are more typical of poverty thresholds for middle-income countries. 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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1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433
Elizabeth Howton
ehowton@worldbankgroup.org