World Poverty

Never has such a small percentage of humanity lived in extreme poverty. And yet, despite advancements in technology and broad improvements in economic development worldwide, by 2030 more than 400 million people will still live on less than $1.90 per day. The World Poverty Clock draws upon a scientifically peer-reviewed and published methodology to visualize and forecast the incidence of extreme poverty in every country of the world in real-time.


The World Poverty Clock is a real-time global poverty model. Every country sets its own definition of poverty based on a range of local factors, making comparison across countries and time difficult. The World Poverty Clock presents poverty data in a standardized manner and uses a consistent methodology.


The World Poverty Clock provides country-level poverty estimates and projections. Headline numbers about extreme poverty are not enough to support action. In order to provide organizations with the data necessary to design development policies and projects, the World Poverty Clock offers subnational poverty forecasts for select countries worldwide.


The World Poverty Clock provides disaggregated data by age, gender, and rural/urban proximity. In order to combat poverty effectively, we need to know where—precisely—the poorest live and who they are in a given community. By the end of 2019, the World Poverty Clock will offer users the ability to explore poverty data with an increasingly granular demographic lens.

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Help us create the data necessary to end extreme poverty in our lifetimes. We are interested in partnering with like-minded organizations in developing countries to create state-of-the-art poverty models and forecasts at the country level.