2015 is a HUGE year and with only a few months to go until the world agrees on the new Global Goals, the pressure is on. Ahead of the goals, ONE released its 2015 DATA Report to urge world leaders to shift their focus and prioritize the poorest countries and the poorest people – specifically women and girls.
The report findings show that the majority of international 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 international aid went to the countries that need it most.
3. Girls and women in the poorest countries are at a significant disadvantage, with life harder across virtually every measurable indicator.
4. 43% of people that live on less than $1.25 a day live in a least developed country, compared to 13% of people that do so in non-least developed countries.
5. Millions of people today live without access to basic levels of health care, education or social protection.
6. Only 36% of people living with HIV in the world’s poorest countries have access to medicine.
7. 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.
8. Around the world, 27 countries spend less than $150 per YEAR, per person, on basic services.
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.