Magazine article Geographical

Unfinished Business

Magazine article Geographical

Unfinished Business

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Just days before we went to press, the World Bank raised the threshold for defining 'extreme' poverty from earning less than $1.25 per day to $1.90 and claimed that for the first time, less than 10 per cent of the world's population will be living in extreme poverty by the end of 2015. Elsewhere, notable figures such as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon claim we can eradicate poverty completely 'within a single generation' (see page 38). Such declarations of intent are all well and good, but it only takes the briefest of looks at what's happening at the grass roots level to see that the issue of global poverty is something far greater than a mere numbers game. When Nick Danziger begun his decade-long project of documenting the lives of those people directly affected by the noble aims of the UN's Millennium Development Goals, little could he have expected the sheer level of human drama he would experience. As the pictures he filed for this month's Photostory reveal in stark detail (see page 30), whether It's $1. …

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