The Decline of Poverty

Your opinions about global inequality really depend on where you’re standing

Angus Hervey
Jul 12, 2017 · 6 min read
Image credit: ICMI Phillipines

If you’re over the age of 18, you probably grew up with the story of how the world is divided into the rich and the poor.

Which is a pity, because that world doesn’t exist any more.

Source: Gapminder (2017)

Since yesterday, 137,000 people have been lifted out of extreme poverty.

Source: World Bank (2017)

For the average human being on the planet today, the world has never been a better place. That story doesn’t get told nearly enough.

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From Melbourne and Cape Town, with love. Political economist and journalist, and co-founder of futurecrun.ch

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