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Global Poverty
 
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Poverty

  • Nearly half of the world’s population lives on less than US$2 a day
  • 1.2 billion people live in abject poverty, on less than US$1 a day
  • 800 million people go to bed hungry
  • 880 million people lack access to basic healthcare
  • 50,000 people die from poverty-related causes every day 

Aid

  • According to the Development Assistance Committee at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, in 2004, Canada gave 0.28% of Gross National Income (GNI) to Official Development Assistance (ODA).
  • This ranked Canada 14th of 22 donor countries.
  • Eleven countries have reached the 0.7% GNI commitment or have timelines for doing so. Canada is not among them.

Debt

  • Between 1970and 2002, the poorest African countries received $294 billion in loans, paid back $298 billion in interest and principal, but still owed more than $200 billion.
  • Zambia spends twice as much servicing its debt payments as it does on education

Trade

  • The United Nations estimates that unfair trade rules alone deny poor countries $700 billion every year (that’s approximately $2 billion per day).

Sources

Canadian Council for International Cooperation (www.ccic.ca)
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (www.oecd.org)

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