The global percent of people in poverty is falling

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  • The global percent of people in extreme poverty is falling
  • Excluding China, extreme poverty is falling globally
  • According to Our World in Data, poverty is falling globally at multiple low-income levels, not just the standard World Bank number of $1.90 international dollars per person per day. Using per-household income figures, "The share of the population in non-rich countries living with more than the equivalent of $10 per day went up from 9% in 1981, to 23% in 2013."[1]
  • According to the United Nations Development Programme, multidimensional poverty is also in decline, in addition to the standard income-based definition of poverty.[2]



  1. "Global Extreme Poverty". 
  2. "Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)". We present online trends in multidimensional poverty for 65 countries for which data were available. For many of these countries, multidimensional poverty is on decline