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Friday, August 30, 2013

Could you survive on $2 a day?

Could you survive on $2 a day

The World Bank in 2005 set the $1.25 a day the global poverty line
In economics, each country in Africa mostly has their own national poverty line. However, which African countries are doing a better job of governing the people of Africa?

Could you survive on $2 a day


Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture




The good news, people living in extreme poverty dropped worldwide from 52 percent in 1981 to 25.7 percent in 2005. The bad news, Sub-Saharan Africa around 415 million people lived within the extremely poor monetary levels.



The Ibrahim Foundation defines governance as the provision of the political, social and economic goods that a citizen has the right to expect from his or her state, and that a state has the responsibility to deliver to its citizens. There are four areas measured in the calculation of the index; Safety and Rule of Law, Participation and Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.

According to the most recent estimates from the World Bank, in 2011, 17 percent of people in the developing world lived at or below $1.25 a day. Sub-Saharan Africa around 415 million people lived within the extremely poor monetary levels. "Access to good schools, health care, electricity, safe water and other critical services remains elusive for many people, often determined by socioeconomic status, gender, ethnicity, and geography." stated the World Bank.

According to the most recent estimates, in 2012, 12.7 percent of people in the developing world lived at or below $1.90 a day. There is good news, Sub-Saharan Africa reduced its $1.25-a-day poverty rate from 53 percent in 1981 to 47 percent in 2011. The World Bank states "Progress has been slower at higher poverty lines. In all, 2.2 billion people lived on less than US $2 a day in 2011, the average poverty line in developing countries and another common measurement of deep deprivation. That is only a slight decline from 2.59 billion in 1981."

Almost 1 billion people across the globe go to bed hungry every night. To meet the needs of a world population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, agricultural production will need to increase by at least 60 percent.


Did you know?
Tourism destinations continue to thrive throughout Africa: tourist arrivals to the region jumped 4 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Among the destinations for which quarterly data are available, the strongest performers in tourism were Cape Verde up 18 percent, followed by the Seychelles up 13 percent, South Africa up 4 percent, Swaziland up 2 percent, and Mauritius up 1 percent.

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