- Nelson Mandela
More people are moving out of extreme poverty faster than ever before in history, with a global drop in those living on less than $1.25 per day from 1.37 billion in 2005 to just under 900 million in 2010. However, to truly end poverty, notes the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, we need to address not only cash income, but multiple deprivations that impede living life with dignity, such as lack of access to education, sanitation, health care and livelihoods.
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This is thanks to more effective and affordable treatments, innovative ways of delivering critical interventions to the poor and excluded, and sustained political commitment. We CAN make a difference. (UNICEF)
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Though still the world’s leading economy the U.S. ranks below 20 other nations in foreign aid as a proportion of its Gross National Income, and devotes less than 2% of its GDP to foreign assistance. Extreme poverty is a persistent and demanding global challenge. In 2015 some one billion people will earn less than 1.25 per day. Among them women and girls are more likely to face extreme poverty.
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Private giving in the US. is a $316.2 billion dollar industry, including charitable giving from individuals, bequests, corporations and foundations. Within this, giving to the international sector has grown from 8.4 billion in 2002 to today’s $19.1 billion.
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