Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing the world today

The number of people living in extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa has grown from 278 million in 1990 to 413 million in 2015.

World Bank, 2018

How Action on Poverty is contributing

This is why Action on Poverty focuses all of our work on the needs of people who are the hardest to reach. We take a holistic approach: supporting people to earn sustainable incomes through access to skills development and lasting work opportunities, while building their confidence and capacity to tackle the root causes of poverty, so that everyone is able to fulfil their potential now and in the future.

We have particular expertise in reaching out to vulnerable women, people with disabilities and youth – you can find out more about this here.

Why we do what we do

736 million
people live in extreme poverty across the world
1 in 5
people in developing regions live on less than $1.90 a day
of all people living in poverty are under the age of 18
of Africa’s population are undernourished

Change can happen

Since Action on Poverty was established, significant progress has been made to help people break free from poverty:

  • In Uganda, income poverty levels decreased by two thirds between 1990 and 2015 (UNDP, 2015).
  • In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate for young women aged 15-24 has increased from 37% in 2005 to 63% in 2018 (UNESCO, 2018)
  • Malnutrition among children in Kenya has fallen considerably in recent years – between 2009 and 2014, the proportion of children who are stunted (low height for age) fell from 35% to 26%.

We are proud of contributions to this progress over the years, from supporting young women in Sierra Leone to develop skills for employment, to improving child nutrition through sustainable camel milk enterprises in Kenya.

The challenge now is to ensure that development and economic growth is inclusive and sustainable, so that it benefits the most vulnerable sectors of the population.