Poverty and Causes of Third World Poverty

Poverty is the lack of basic necessities that all human beings must have: food and water, shelter, education, medical care, security, etc.Third world countries lose out through unfair trade agreements, lack of technology and investment, and rapidly changing prices for their goods. Complete Research presentation file(PDF) is available for download.

Summary of Poverty  and Causes of Third World Poverty

4.4 billion people live in developing countries.Of these three-fifths lack basic sanitation. Almost one third have no access to clean water. A quarter do not have adequate housing. A fifth have no access to modern health services. In 1997 the richest fifth of the world’s population had 74 times the income of the poorest fifth. The top three billionaires have assets greater than the combined GNP of all least developed countries and their 600 million people.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of him/(her)self and his/(her) family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social  services. Everyone has the right to education.

Percentage of people living below the poverty line:

  • Europe and Central Asia 3.5%
  • Latin America and Caribbean 23.5%
  • Sub-Saharan Africa 38.5%
  • Middle East and North Africa 4.1%
  • South Asia 43.1%

Causes of third world poverty:

  • Unfair trade agreements
  • War or conflict
  • Foreign Debt
  • Health Issues
  • Lack of access to education
  • Environment

“The amount of money the UK spends On chocolate each year
could make Africa NOT live in poverty”.

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Poverty and Causes of Third World Poverty

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