1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
A community health officer in Nkwanta District, Ghana, teaches women how to prepare healthy food for their children. The Population Council has been instrumental in launching and expanding this program across Ghana. Photo: Melissa May/Population Council
- Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day
- Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
More than 1 billion people currently live on less than $1 a day, the definition of extreme poverty. These people cannot afford nutritious food, clean water, shelter, or basic health care. They generally lack education and a voice in civic and legal affairs; they are vulnerable to coercion and threats of violence from a variety of sources.
More than fifty years ago, the Population Council was founded with the intention of improving the lives of the poorest people through research on ways to improve the quality and increase the coverage of reproductive and other health services. Over the past decades the Council has focused on achieving this goal through research on reproductive health, family planning, and HIV. More recently, Council researchers have conducted investigations of the factors that increase the vulnerability of poor people to HIV infection, the differences and similarities between urban and rural poverty, and poverty’s impact on the elderly.
Education has long been seen as one of the most powerful tools for reducing poverty and hunger. Much of the Council's work on poverty has focused on young people and schooling.
Council findings illuminate the causes and consequences of poverty and inform policymaking and the design of programs to help the most vulnerable people.
Read more about the Council's research on urbanization, health, and the environment.
- Measures of Urban Poverty (1999–ongoing)
- Abriendo Oportunidades: Creating Opportunities for Mayan Girls and Young Women (2002–ongoing)
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