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Lesson for Africa!How India lifted 271million people out of poverty between 2006-2016–UN

The Report published by United Nations shows around 1.3 billion people in 101 countries are “multidimensionally poor,” which means that poverty is defined not simply by income but by a number of indicators.

These indicators include poor health, poor quality of work, and the threat of violence.

Published statistics identified 10 countries, with a combined population of around two billion people, which have shown statistically significant progress in poverty eradication “in all its forms, everywhere.” .The 10 countries include , Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, India,
Combodia, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, and Vietnam.

In India for example the country recorded the fastest reductions in the multidimensional poverty index during the 10 year period with 271 million being uplifted frompoverty by 2016 than in 2006, the study shows. strong improvements in areas such as “assets, cooking fuel, sanitation and nutrition.”

In 2005-2006, the population in India living in multidimensional poverty was about 640 million people (55.1 percent). That number was reduced to 369 million people (27.9 percent) by 2015-16 of india total population.

Deprivation in nutrition dropped from 44.3 percent in 2005-06 to 21.2 percent in 2015-16, child mortality – from 4.5 percent to 2.2 percent. The South Asian country has also significantly reduced its deprivation of cooking fuel, sanitation, and drinking water. More people gained access to housing and electricity.

One common element in all Countries is that “In all 10 countries rural areas are poorer than urban areas. In Cambodia, Haiti, India and Peru poverty reduction in rural areas outpaced that in urban areas – demonstrating pro-poor development – and in Bangladesh and Democratic Republic of the Congo poverty fell at the same speed in rural and urban areas,” the UN added.

This is a lesson to anumber of Africa States that with four pronged approach and well tailored economic, politica and Social and cultural planning acountry is able to reach its full potential and indeed achieve its economic prosperity.

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