India Halved Its Poverty Rate in 10 Years: Report

By Joe McCarthy ~ Global Citizen ~

Globally, 1.3 billion people live in poverty

Between 2006 and 2016, 271 million Indians were lifted out of poverty, the most rapid improvement of living conditions since China helped lift 500 million people out of extreme poverty after 1981, according to a new report from the United Nations’ Development Program (UNDP).

There are, however, significant caveats.

Even though Nigeria leads the world in extreme poverty, which is marked as a person living on less than $1.90 per day, India still has the world’s largest population of people living in poverty, at 364 million. Of those, millions of children do not have access to clean water, sanitation, nutrition, education, health care and more, according to the German website Deutsche Welle (DW).

“It’s not resulting in better health outcomes necessarily, it’s not resulting in better quality of learning outcomes and it’s certainly not resulting in better protection of children from violence,”  Bidisha Pillai, Save the Children India’s director, told DW. “[While] many people have been lifted out of poverty, this has not translated into tackling some of the more difficult issues when it comes to children.”

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