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Friday, 11 May 2012

2012 Global Poverty Update


World Bank Sees Progress Against Extreme Poverty

Says many people remain poor and vulnerable in all regions despite gains.
 Report (PDF) | Release
1 billion : Estimated number of people living on less than $1.25 a day in 2005

The public can access all statistics underlying the new international estimates via the online tool, PovcalNet, which allows users to calculate poverty rates using global, regional and national numbers. Many data, especially those from middle-income countries and regions, are more recent than 2008.

“PovcalNet is the Bank’s interactive, open-data tool for poverty and inequality measurement,” says Shaohua Chen, senior statistician in the Bank’s Research Group who manages PovcalNet. “With our newly-revamped site, users can easily duplicate our results, or conduct their own research using any line or country grouping
to their liking.”

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