Since the launch of the Millennium Development Goals back in 2000, organisations and governments worldwide have been working, together with the United Nations, to accomplish eight anti-poverty goals.
These goals highlighted key areas that, if improved, could mean a significant amount of people wouldn’t live in poverty or suffer from extreme hunger. The areas included improving maternal healthcare, reducing child mortality, combating deadly diseases and achieving universal primary education.
Fifteen years later just how much progress has been made?
MDG 1: To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Of the 23.3% of people recorded as being undernourished between 1990–1992, only 12.9% now remain. Northern Africa even reached the target of halving extreme poverty five years ahead of the deadline in 2010. Today, only 1% of people still live on less than $1.25 a day. This number has fallen from 5% in 1990.