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Even as extreme poverty has been on the decline globally, nearly two-thirds of the world’s poor will be concentrated in economies experiencing conflict, state fragility or both by 2030, a report said. […] Read More

Obesity’s prevalence has increased threefold since 1975, rising in all nations and with the most notable increases taking place in rural areas. Nearly half the world is now considered obese or overweight, a report said. […] Read More

While women’s employment rights and prospects have improved overall, significant hindrances remain in many countries, as women are only granted around 75% of the rights men have in the global workforce, a report said. […] Read More

A majority of children in low- and middle-income nations are experiencing ‘learning poverty,’ a report said. Around 53% of children in these nations, and up to 80% of children in the poorest nations, are learning poor. […] Read More

Deterioration of water quality is an ‘invisible crisis’ that must be addressed, a report says. Polluted water negatively impacts both poor and wealthy nations, tending to increase in more prosperous nations. […] Read More

An assessment of 187 nations revealed women are fully equal to men under the law in only six nations, a new report said. They are Belgium, Denmark, France, Latvia, Luxembourg and Sweden. […] Read More

Extreme poverty around the globe decreased from 35.9 percent in 1990 to 10 percent in 2015, except Sub-Saharan Africa, where poverty was about 41 percent. […] Read More

The more we cooperate with others, the more we are likely to help. That’s the finding of a recent working paper. While not a study of religious faith, expanding our circle of concern sounds very Christian. […] Read More

Not only do social safety nets “play a pivotal role” in reducing poverty and lowering income inequality but they also have been demonstrated to be effective in doing so. These are two key assertions in the World Bank Group’s “The State of Social Safety Nets 2018” report released on April 4. “Social safety net (SSN) […] Read More

Expanding access to clean water, along with proper sanitation and hygiene systems, is essential to ending global poverty, but often there is a gap between policy and implementation. This was a central emphasis in a new World Bank report based on studies of conditions in 18 nations, including Bangladesh, Guatemala, Nigeria and the West Bank. […] Read More