World Poverty Statistics

Poverty can seem like an overwhelming problem. More than 700 million people live in poverty around the world, living on less than $1.90 a day. Every day, 15,000 children die of preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia. More than 260 million children are out of school, limiting their chances of breaking the cycle of poverty. The numbers are daunting.

But there is good news. Poverty rates around the world are actually declining, and you can play a big part in driving this progress.

Former World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said “over the last 25 years, more than a billion people have lifted themselves out of extreme poverty, and the global poverty rate is now lower than it has ever been in recorded history.”

With the right investments, we can continue driving toward a world without poverty. But if we become complacent, we risk undoing the progress that has been made.

How RESULTS Fights World Poverty

RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed everyday people. Together they use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty. In its 40-year history, RESULTS’ deep advocacy model has moved the needle on many issues relating to world poverty – from HIV/AIDS to microcredit lending.

We empower our volunteers to become experts on poverty issues and to personally influence their representatives to invest in ending poverty around the world.

We know the model works. Because tuberculosis (TB) is a major driver of world poverty, RESULTS first started advocating for TB funding in the late 1990s. At that time the U.S. was contributing less than $1 million annually to fight TB worldwide. In 2019, the U.S. pledged $302 million to fight TB. This is a testament to the volunteers who educated Congress on the issue and pushed them to make ending TB — and ending world poverty — a priority.

Currently, activists are working tirelessly to ensure the U.S. does its part to fund the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Driven by the goal of ending AIDS, TB, and malaria as epidemics, the Global Fund is an innovative partnership that has saved 27 million lives since it was founded in 2002. RESULTS advocates work to make sure that the Global Fund has the resources it needs to scale up treatment, prevention, and care – and end these epidemics once and for all. You can join us in ending poverty around the world by taking action today!

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