9 facts that prove 2015 is the year to take action

9 facts that prove 2015 is the year to take action


Join the fight against extreme poverty

2015 is a HUGE year for global development and with only a few months to go until the world agrees the new Global Goals, the pressure is on. So today we’ve released our 2015 DATA Report to urge world leaders to shift their focus and prioritise the poorest countries and the poorest people – specifically women and girls.

The report findings show that the majority of overseas aid isn’t going to those who need it most. If we keep this up, we won’t end extreme poverty by 2030.

Here are 9 facts that prove it’s time for action:

  1. The share of the global poverty burden in least developed countries is set to rise 50% by 2030.
  2. In 2014, only 30% of overseas aid went to the countries that need it most.
  3. Both our Poverty is Sexist report, and our DATA Report show that girls and women in the poorest countries are at a significant disadvantage, with life harder across virtually every measurable indicator.
  4. Millions of people today live without access to basic levels of healthcare, education or social protection.
  5. 43% of people that live in the least developed countries live on less than $1.25 a day, compared to 13% of people that do so in other developing countries.
  6. Only 36% of people living with HIV in the world’s poorest countries have access to medicine.
  7. Around the world, 27 countries spend less than $150 per YEAR, per person, on basic services.
  8. There is a $152 billion gap in funding to meet basic needs around the world. There is a $34.5 billion gap in the least developed countries alone.
  9. Liberia spends $6 per person per year on social services according to some measures. The average government spending on social social services in some of the other least developed countries is just $222 per person per year. Neither of these amounts can meet basic social needs.

These facts call for change. Tell world leaders that we need to make sure aid goes to those who need it most:

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Dig deeper into the facts in our 2015 DATA Report

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