poverty projections

P20: Income


Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals have brought us a global commitment to end extreme poverty and ensure no one is left behind. For this ambition to be met, we need to know who the poorest people in the world are, understand their lives, and ensure they are included in progress. The P20 Initiative is […]

Five reasons why ending poverty will be tougher than halving it has been


In late September, the UN General Assembly ratified the Sustainable Development Goals. These are a new set of global goals established to replace the Millennium Development Goals, which were brought in by world leaders 15 years ago to drive an agenda of poverty reduction across the world. The Millennium Development Goals were a success, helping to […]

Power versus poverty: what should be the G20’s contribution to poverty eradication?


That being the case, we would have expected financing for development to be a major agenda item at the Brisbane Summit, especially in the run up to the next year’s Financing for Development Conference in Addis. Instead, it appears that ‘strengthening development’ has been subsumed within the G20’s broader discussions under the following headings: Increasing […]

Extreme poverty


MDG1a, to halve the proportion of people living in extreme poverty, was met early The proportion of people living in extreme poverty (defined as living on less than $1.25 a day) fell from 43.5% of the population of developing countries in 1990 to 17.0% in 2011. By 2015 the number of people living in poverty […]

Official development assistance


ODA has risen, but the proportion going to LDCs has recently dipped Total ODA rose since the mid-90s, but declined in 2011 in the wake of the international financial crisis.  However, ODA rose again to a new peak of just under $135billion in 2013. ODA to LDCs grew faster than total ODA for most years […]

International resources


International resource flows have grown rapidly to developing countries International resource flows doubled from 2000 to 2012, rising to US$2.1 trillion across all developing countries. Much of this growth has been driven by rising FDI, lending and remittances. However, many of these flows are concentrated in just a few developing countries Resources are concentrated in […]

Humanitarian assistance


Despite growth, humanitarian assistance is not meeting increasing need Humanitarian assistance refers to financial resources focused on responding to emergencies and governed by the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. While a proportion of humanitarian assistance is ODA, international humanitarian assistance also includes funding by development assistance providers outside the OECD DAC, as […]

Domestic public resources


Government resources are growing in many developing countries Government spending in developing countries grew from US$2.4 trillion in 2000 to US$6.4 trillion in 2012 – average growth of 8.6% a year. While China alone accounted for 40% of this growth, more than half of all developing countries experienced annual growth in public spending of 5% […]

World Bank suggests 400m people to be in extreme poverty by 2030


The latest Global Monitoring Report from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund released on 8 October 2014 finds that extreme poverty fell to just over 1 billion in 2011. This amounts to around a sixth (17.0%) of the developing world and just under a seventh (14.5%) of the global population. Since 1990 almost […]

Watch Judith Randel's presentation to UN Development Cooperation Forum 2014


Development Initiatives Executive Director, Judith Randel, presented some key data, facts and findings from our landmark 2013 report, Investments to End Poverty, at the 2014 UN Development Cooperation Forum. Judith focused her remarks on how we can mobilise more and better finance towards targeting poverty- meeting the post-2015 goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030, […]