UNDERSTANDING POVERTY

We face big challenges to help the world’s poorest people and ensure that everyone sees benefits from economic growth. Data and research help us understand these challenges and set priorities, share knowledge of what works, and measure progress.

Open Data

Free and open access to global development data

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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.

Research and Publications

Analysis and advice for developing countries.

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Climate Change

Without urgent action, climate change impacts could push an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030.

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Energy

Access to energy is essential to reduce poverty. Globally, 1.1 billion people still do not have access to electricity.

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Fragility, Conflict and Violence

The challenge of fragility, conflict, and violence is widespread, and not confined to low-income countries.

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Financial Inclusion

Around 2 billion people don’t use formal financial services, including more than 50% of adults in the poorest households. Financial inclusion is a key to reducing poverty and boosting prosperity.