Far too many people still live in poverty...


The Millennium Development Goal of halving extreme poverty in the world by 2015 has almost been reached, with the $1.25 poverty rate falling to half its 1990 value in 2010. The number of people living on less than $2 a day has seen far less improvement, dropping from 2.59 billion in 1981 to 2.47 billion in 2008. The large number of people living just above the extreme poverty line is an indication of the precarious nature of the gains that have been made to date, and the need for continued foreign assistance.