India not home to largest number of people in extreme poverty now: Study

India is no longer the home to the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, a recent study says. Nigeria, in western Africa, is now at number one, says the report published by US think-tank Brookings.

It says the Democratic Republic of the Congo, also in Africa, could soon get the number 2 tag. The blog mentions that by the end of May 2018, Nigeria had about 87 million people living in extreme poverty, compared with India’s 73 million. Extreme poverty in Nigeria is growing by six people every minute.

The study suggests that based on the (the UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals, India needs to set new targets and get 1.6 people per second out of the ambit of extreme poverty in order to completely eliminate extreme poverty.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals, comes under United Nations Development Programme policy. These goals are defined as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet for better living.

The study, which is also in association with a paper presenting the methodology of the World Poverty Clock published under Nature’s Palgrave Communications, says, “Every minute 70 people escape poverty (or 1.2 people per second). This is close to the SDG-target (92 people per minute, or 1.5 per second) and allows us to estimate that around 36 million people have escaped extreme poverty in the year 2016.”

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