October 17, 2017

An Ambitious Plan to Eradicate Poverty By 2030

By Taylor Schwink

As we recognize the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, let’s take a look at the recently released Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers report—addressing exactly this issue. The report tracks 18 data points that impact poverty across the globe, showing the gains made since 1990 and what could be accomplished by 2030.

The biggest and boldest statistic from the Goalkeepers report: the proportion of people living in poverty worldwide has been cut in half. In 1990 the portion of the global population living under the poverty line was 35 percent, and today that number is just 9 percent. Living below the poverty line means a person is living on $1.90 a day or less. With people scraping together food, shelter and clothing for less than the cost of a cup of coffee in the U.S., there is certainly more work to be done.

Check out the video above featuring Bill and Melinda Gates. And here are some more takeaways from the Goalkeepers Report:

  • More people are being immunized than ever before
  • Malaria deaths decreased by 60 percent in just 5 years
  • Child mortality dropped by half in 8 years
  • People using inadequate sanitation has dropped from nearly 60 percent of the population to a little more than 30 percent
  • Tuberculosis cases has dropped significantly, in large part due to massive investments to fight the disease and improve treatment

Click here to read the full Goalkeepers report.

While more people than ever before are climbing out of poverty, the fight to eradicate it is far from over. But by investing in the proper tools and resources, this report demonstrates that it just might be possible to wipe out poverty, its symptoms and its dire consequences once and for all.