Poverty gap still wide – IMF/World Bank report

A report by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund says more needs to be done to end poverty and close the gap in living standards between those in the bottom 40 per cent and the top 60 per cent of the population around the world
The Global Monitoring (GMR) Report 2014/2015, released on Tuesday has gauged progress on development goals, including the new target of promoting shared prosperity for the bottom 40 per cent of the world’s population.
The GMR 2014/2015 also continues to monitor progress on the Millennium Development Goals.
“The world has made great progress in the last quarter-century in reducing extreme poverty – it was cut by a stunning two-thirds – and now we have to end poverty in less than a generation,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.
He said: “But we will not finish the job unless we find ways to reduce inequality, which stubbornly persists all over the world. This vision of a more equal world means we must find ways to spread wealth to the billions who have almost nothing.”
The report notes that much success has been achieved in reducing extreme poverty – those living on less than a $1.25 a day. However, the number of poor remains unacceptably high, at just over one billion people (14 per cent of the world population) in 2011, compared with 1.2 billion (19 per cent of the world population) in 2008.
Forecasts in the report show that poverty will remain stubbornly high in the South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa regions, where an estimated 377 million of the world’s 412 million poor will likely reside in 2030.
Credit: GNA

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