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World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, we serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, ...See More or gender. Show Less
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Poverty News

The Daily Score 
“The Pacific Northwest is an expensive place to be poor,” says Scott Bernstein, who has spent much of the last three years studying trends and solutions to poverty in North America. And in many ways the region's suburbs are even more costly for people ... See more..
Rappler 
First, the poverty of other people is often a result of self-serving interests on the part of the powerful. Businesses – big and small alike – take advantage of surplus labor to cheapen their costs of operation. The endgame is to maximize profit at the ... See more..
Dallas News 
San Antonio mayor Ivy Taylor is on defense after saying she believed a lack of relationship with God causes poverty.Taylor, a Democrat, was... See more..
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New Haven Independent 
Poverty comes not from an absence of resources, Desmond discovered, but from a national unwillingness to confront a profound moral problem. With empathy and effort and understanding, the communal choices that lead to unstable housing for this country's ... See more..
Patheos (blog) 
I just read an excellent article in The Establishment, an essay by someone who grew up in poverty about what they call “poverty appropriation:” fashionable people doing gussied-up versions of the things poor people do to survive, for fun. The author ... See more..
Peacock Panache 
I read Dispatches from the Culture Wars regularly. Ed Brayton is a witty and perceptive commentator with an excellent grasp of America's constitutional foundations–but his greatest appeal (for me) comes from the fact that he monitors behaviors that I ... See more..
TIME 
Two years ago, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake destroyed Sita Kumal's house in Nepal's Gorkha district — 65 miles from the capital Kathmandu and the area hardest hit by the disaster. Kumal, 27, was already struggling to pay her two sons' tuition fees, and ... See more..
National Review 
An 'intersectional' progressive writer finds herself getting a little offended by people who are living in small houses because they want to ... See more..
London Free Press 
London's poor may get a pipeline to business and jobs through the United Way of London and Middlesex. The agency has won support for a three-year, $375,000 contract to partner with the city on a strategy to help end poverty in the city. The deal still ... See more..
TheBlaze.com 
Did the San Antonio mayor really say that atheism leads to poverty? San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor (D) has faced backlash from progressive outlets for saying a lack of faith in God is one of the “deepest systemic causes” of poverty in her city. (Rick ... See more..
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Overview

Over three billion people—nearly half of the world’s population—live in poverty.1 Of these, one billion people live in extreme poverty, which is defined as living on less than $1 USD per day.2 Nearly 20,000 children die each day due to poverty and poverty-related illnesses.3

The United Nations estimates that from 2010–2012, nearly 870 million people suffered from chronic undernourishment as a result of poverty.4 Additionally, over 780 million people do not have access to clean water and 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.5 Poor water quality and inadequate sanitation contributes to 2.3 billion cases of waterborne diseases each year, such as cholera and diarrhea.6 Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death of children under the age of five, and 760,00 children are killed annually diarrheal diseases.7 Each year over 3.5 million people are killed by preventable, infectious diseases because they are unable to receive preventative vaccinations or treatment due to poverty.8

Poverty also hinders the education of many children and adults around the world. In 2012, 63 million school-aged children were not enrolled in school.9 Additionally, close to 250 million children in low and middle-income countries are unable to read.10 Moreover, an estimated 775 million adults worldwide lack basic literacy skills.11 In particular, girls and children with disabilities are often excluded from attending school in impoverished regions.12


The global income gap is still very high, and the top 20% of the world’s population accounts for nearly 70% of the world’s income.13 The Gini coefficient is a measure of income distribution across a country, and the lower the Gini score the more equitably the country’s wealth is distributed, and the higher a score the more income inequality exists within the country.14 Data shows that middle-income countries often experience the most income inequality, and Eastern Europe and Asia both experienced increases in their Gini score in recent years.15  Latin America is the region with the highest Gini score while sub-Saharan Africa has seen a decrease in their Gini score since the 1990s.16

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1 http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats
2 http://www.who.int/hdp/poverty/en/
3 http://www.unicef.org/media/media_56045.html
4 http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm
5 http://www.unwater.org/water-cooperation-2013/water-cooperation/facts-and-figures/en/
6 http://www.thp.org/learn_more/issues/know_your_world_facts_about_hunger_and_poverty
7 http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs330/en/
8 http://www.who.int/tdr/stewardship/global_report/en/
9 http://www.unicef.org/education/bege_61659.html
10 Ibid
11 http://www.speakingbooks.com/impact/overview.html
12 http://www.unicef.org/education/bege_61659.html
13 http://www.unicef.org/socialpolicy/files/Global_Inequality.pdf
14 http://www.unicef.org/socialpolicy/files/Global_Inequality.pdf
15 Ibid

16 Ibid
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Homelessness
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Homelessness
Homelessness throughout the world is becoming increasingly more common since many countries are finding it difficult to recover from the global economic crisis. Official data on homelessness worldwide is difficult to attain since the numbers fluctuate based on civil unrest and natural disasters, and many countries have differing legal definitions of homelessness.1 However, in 2005 the United Nations estimated the total number of homeless individuals to be over 100 million globally, and this number has most likely increased in recent years.2 The European Union is currently facing the controversial topic of the criminalization of homelessness throughout EU member states.3 The mandates to criminalize homelessness and public begging are being brought down from local, regional, and national governments.4 Legislation and ordinances have been passed that make it ...See More illegal for people to sleep in public places.5 The governments are claiming that rampant homelessness makes cities unlivable and that it can cause public health issues.6 Homeless and poverty stricken individuals throughout Europe face daily discrimination and it is this discrimination that allows the perpetuation of these laws.7 The laws that the EU is passing to criminalising homelessness signify that poverty itself is a crime.8 By not providing adequate welfare services to the European poor, governments are denying citizens of their basic human rights.9 One way that governments can help the homeless is by avoiding the "dualization" of the criminal and social services systems.10 Show Less