poverty projections

Filling the gaps in current global poverty data estimates

Data use

As the authoritative global repository of extreme poverty data, the World Bank’s PovcalNet database currently provides contemporary and historical poverty estimates for 164 economies. Despite this excellent coverage, we have identified 77 economies (18 of which are ODA eligible) with no available data for the most recent reference year (2015). This is a data gap […]

How we must approach poverty eradication in today's world


The world is quickly changing; it is far more interconnected and complex than ever before. As such, new ways of working are needed to meet the ambitions set by the Global Goals and various summits of 2015 and 2016. Policies and financing models of the past 50 years will not get us the success we […]

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% […]