An Analysis of the Global Poverty Essay

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Poverty has been a recurring issue for humans all throughout history and continues to be a problem today. Extreme or absolute poverty can be defined as an individual’s inability to supply the basic human needs for life. Currently, twenty-one percent of the developing world lives on less than two US dollars and fifty cents a day (The World Bank), however, the world poverty line is set at one US dollar and twenty-five cents. There is not one specific thing causing poverty to continuously push and shape the actions and lives of people from the beginning of history all the way up until now. Poverty develops because of a great number and mixture of factors including overpopulation, lack of education, environmental problems, and political …show more content…
Income as well as access to services is measures of poverty. The world poverty line is set at one US dollar and twenty-five cents a day according to The World Bank; however that number varies between each country. In 1964, in a joint committee economic, President’s report in the United States Republicans said, “No objective definition of poverty exists… The definition varies from place to place and time to time. In America as our standard of living rises, so does our idea of what is substandard.” So for example, the poverty line set in the United States would differ greatly from the poverty line set in Ethiopia. Looking at this world poverty line set by The World Bank, in 2005 4.09 billion people in developing countries lived above this line, and 1.4 billion were below the line. One in every two children in the world live in poverty (about one billion), six hundred forty million live without adequate shelter, four hundred million have no access to safe water, and two hundred seventy million have no access to health services (Shah). Places in the world with the most extreme cases of poverty are mainly found in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, (Poverty.hci) but it exists everywhere in the world. Some of the poorest countries in the world consist of Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Mali, Solomon Islands, and Zambia (Seabrook), but that is just a small example of countries experiencing

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