Poverty

“There has been marked progress on reducing poverty over the past decades. The world attained the first Millennium Development Goal target—to cut the 1990 poverty rate in half by 2015—five years ahead of schedule, in 2010. Despite this progress, the number of people living in extreme poverty globally remains unacceptably high.”

 The World Bank 

Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day … According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. source

On any given night in Australia 1 in 200 people are homeless. …1,579 people are experiencing homelessness in Tasmania. The rate of 31.9 per 10,000 is the lowest in Australia. source

In developing regions, the proportion of children under age five who are underweight declined from one in three in 1990 to one in six in 2013. source

Indigenous peoples make up about 5 percent of the world’s population yet account for about 15 percent of the world’s poor. source

Poverty is growing in Australia with an estimated 2.5 million people or 13.9% of all people living below the internationally accepted poverty line. source

The Global Goals: the official website for the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. See the targets for the first goal – no poverty, as well as the other 16 goals.  Great information, actions, facts and videos. source

Poverty.com: information about individual problems of poverty – hunger, AIDS, pneumonia, diarrhea, tuberculosis, malaria and measles. source

Global Citizen: poverty related issues are explained clearly in this user-friendly site for young people. Sign up to have your say. source

End Water Poverty: campaigns for water and sanitation for all. The site includes global facts and statistics, current news and campaign materials. source

One International: an excellent site to explore poverty related issues and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Take the quiz to see what would happen if you ruled the world. source

RESULTS: find out about the issues, including Australian Aid. source

Oxfam Australia: fight poverty with others, investigate aid, and read stories of people working to fight poverty. source

Christian Aid: games, children’s stories and presentations to build understanding around poverty and other global issues. source

Australian Council of Social Services: see what’s happening in Australia in regards to poverty. Read the Poverty in Australia Report, 2014. source

Check out our YouTube playlist for some short videos on poverty.

Inequality in Australia – a nation divided: 2:22 minute video from ACOSS.

Free Rice: various quizzes where 10 grains of rice is donated for every correct answer.

End the Cycle of Poverty and Disability: real people tell their own stories in their own words. An introductory video can be seen here.

Splash – Choose your own statistics: infographics for Australia.

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Join the movement to make the Global Goals for sustainable development a reality.

Oaktree is young people leading a movement to end poverty. Find out about what they do, including Live Below the Line.

VGen, World Vision Australia’s youth movement, takes action on issues of global poverty and injustice.

RESULTS work to end global poverty. Get involved with their latest campaign.

Global Citizen is a community of people who want to learn about and take action on the world’s biggest challenges.

Campaign for Australian Aid: see what Australian aid has achieved in the past. Host an event, write a letter, share your story.

Voices of Youth: have your say! Sign up and submit a post.

Micah Challenge: thank your MP and other actions.

Other learning recourses

A Fairer World has posters, classroom activities, books, DVDs and web links on global issues such as poverty. Contact us for a complete list of resources available free or on loan to members.

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