Facts and Stats about Africa Poverty

  1. Africa is by far the poorest continent on the planet. 28 of the world’s poorest countries are African. Over half of the nations in Africa are considered to be the poorest in the world. The continent as a whole has lower levels of success economically than the other six continents around the world. Africa, however, is developing very quickly and has seen significant economic improvement and development in the past decade. Even so, however, many nations aren’t showing economic growth, and even the countries that are improving are not experiencing nearly as much growth as the nations would like. Economic insecurity, political instability, and civil wars within these nations have left many of Africa’s citizens living a life of poverty.
  2. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to the second largest population of hungry people. The largest is in Asia. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, with 413 million people living on less than $1.90 per day. 239.1 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were undernourished in 2018.
  3. Half of the African population lives in poverty. These people do not have access to basic human needs, such as nutrition, clean water, shelter and more. 47 percent of the African population is living on $1.90 or less a day.
  4. Two in five African adults are illiterate. While the continent’s number of schools are increasing, the quality of learning and general attendance is still down due to local violence and gender oppression.
  5. It is projected that the global poor will become more concentrated in Africa. With the population rising at such a high rate on the continent, and having such a large number of poverty-stricken countries, it becomes very difficult to prevent increasing poverty.
  6. One in four people in the sub-Saharan region are malnourished. This is the highest amount of hungry people in the world. 
  7. The causes for African hunger are poverty, conflict, the environment and overpopulation. These causes create issues such as disease, floods, genocide and many other resulting crises that result in a lack of food and health within many communities.
  8. Corruption on the continent makes it very difficult to conquer the poverty numbers. With governments confiscating donations from abroad, local militias slaughtering villagers and cultural leaders denying women the right and safety to attend school, poverty perpetuates.
  9. While worldwide poverty is declining — it has been divided in half in the last 30 years — in Africa the progress has been much slower. This is largely due to the rising population and the young age of its government systems, stemming from a history of colonization.
  10. Most of the perpetuation of poverty involves social issues. It is less a matter of wealth, as it is with how the wealth is distributed and shared.
  11. The African governments have not existed for very long. Even in 1950, only four of the 55 African countries had independent governments. Studies state that a government requires several decades at least to stabilize.
  12. The economic gap is huge and still growing. The class system contains huge gaps between the rich and poor, with little mobility due to gender inequality and corruption.
  13. Those living in regions affected by violence are 50 percent more likely to become impoverished. This makes them twice as likely to be affected by hunger. Much of Africa is war-torn and experiencing conflict.
  14. The average woman living in sub-Saharan Africa will give birth to 5.2 kids in her lifetime. While Africa is globally the poorest continent, it is also home to the highest birth rate. With a growing population, this is causing unemployment, disease and hunger.
  15. While the decline of the number of poor in Africa is slower than the global rate, it has recently decreased. It fell from 56 percent in 1990 to 43 percent in 2012.
As it stands Africa Needs Help! And we all should have a sense of duty and do what we feel we can. Whiterweb is doing our part by creating awareness and fighting a different kind of poverty, educational poverty, illiteracy which we see as a poison to be flushed out of the African world as nearly a third of the entire African population are completely Illiterate and we are doing what we can to end Illiteracy via our TechKid Project!

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    1. One fact that got me is that every 30 secs a child in Subsaharan Africa looses to MALARIA