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When despair becomes a way of life
By Jane Louise Kandur*
Status quo, multidimensional poverty, child labor in Pakistan
Out of the 218 million children employed into the workforce worldwide, 62.1 million of the child labor takes place in Asia and Pacific, meaning that in prevalence, 1 in every 14 children is a victim of child labor in Asia and Pacific. The International Labor Organization coins the term “child labor” as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development.
Sustainable agriculture to end world hunger
Significantly more investment is needed to lift hundreds of millions rural poor out of poverty and make agriculture environmentally sustainable, according to Rob Vos, director of the markets, trade and institutions division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Nigeria outstrips India as country with most people in poverty
Nigeria, one of Africa’s two wealthiest economies, has overtaken India as home to the world’s greatest concentration of extreme poverty, amid warnings that the continent will host nine out of 10 of the world’s poorest people within 12 years.
Poverty in Japan: Underclass struggles to achieve upward mobility
Last month, Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai said during an LDP gathering in Tokyo that people who opt not to have children are ‘selfish’ given the country’s demographic crisis.
African countries must spend their way out of poverty
Countries in Africa need to invest trillions of dollars in roads, electricity and water over the next 20 years if they want to lift themselves out of poverty, a major new report has said.
Nigeria overtakes India in extreme poverty ranking
Nigeria has overtaken India as the country with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, with an estimated 87 million Nigerians, or around half of the country's population, thought to be living on less than $1.90 a day.
Poverty on the decline in Pakistan
Over the last decade, Pakistan’s poverty headcount has witnessed a persistent decline both at national and regional levels, reducing from 50.4 percent in 2005-06 to 24.3 percent in 2015-16.
UK primary school children affected by hygiene poverty
Primary school children are arriving for their lessons unwashed and in dirty clothes because their parents cannot afford to buy washing powder, soap or shampoo, according to a survey by a UK charity.
Poverty forces Syrian refugee children into work
When 13-year-old Mounir fled Syria for Lebanon with his family after surviving a rocket strike that nearly killed them, he thought he would be safe. In fact, he had swapped one form of danger for another.
72 percent Zimbabweans living in poverty
Zimbabwe has been in economic decline since the late 1990s. In this economy, how many Zimbabweans live under the poverty datum line? A claim was made by opposition political party Build Zimbabwe Alliance, which ZimFact went out to fact check.
Claiming Social Security early could lead to poverty later in life
Claiming Social Security early may mean receiving income sooner in life, but also seeing less when you’re older and may need it more.
Half of world's children at risk of war, poverty, discrimination
"More than half the world's children start their lives held back because they are a girl, because they are poor or because they are growing up in a warzone," the report said.

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