Results show that children suffer poverty more intensely than adults and are more likely to be deprived of essentials such as clean water, sanitation, adequate nutrition or primary education, reports *Caroline Mwanga

Anew report released at the UN High-Level Political Forum challenges the traditional concept of poverty and sheds light on the number of people experiencing poverty at regional, national and subnational levels, and reveals inequalities across countries and among the poor themselves. Findings from the 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) and the publication “Illuminating Inequalities” – jointly developed by the Unit-ed Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), and released on July 11, 2019 – offers data for 101 countries, covering 76% of the world population Of the 1.3 billion people who are described as “multidimensionally poor”, more than two-thirds — 886 million live in middle-income countries. A further 440 million live in low-income countries. In both groups, data show, simple national averages can hide enormous inequality in patterns of poverty within countries.

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