The World Bank projects that the number of people living in extreme poverty (on less than $1.25 a day) will fall slightly in 2009, declining from 1,203 million in 2008 to 1,184 million. The share of the world’s population living in extreme poverty is also expected to decline by a small amount, from 21.3 percent in 2008 to 20.7 percent in 2009.
But the economic crisis is slowing recent progress in reducing the number of people around the world living in extreme poverty. The projected 0.6 percentage point reduction in the poverty rate for 2009 is a significant reduction from the 1.3 percentage point average annual decline experienced during the previous three years. All told, the World Bank projects that the global recession will cause anywhere from 55 million to 90 million more people to remain in poverty in 2009 than would otherwise have been the case.
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