Extreme poverty in Africa

Extreme poverty in Africa
2014. Children as carers of children © AEEH

Extreme poverty in Africa

Between 2009 and 2015 the rate of extreme poverty fell by half on a global level, but precisely those regions with the highest poverty rate concentration did not achieve this goal, so that in Subsaharan Africa it reduced by only 10% and in southern Asia 21%. As a result of this, in 2015 over half the population in Subsaharan Africa (56%) and 21% of the population of southern Asia suffer extreme poverty as compared with the 18% world average.

69% of the population of Mozambique live below the international poverty line or level (availability per person per day of1.90$). Child labour (that which is carried out by children from 5 to 14 years old) includes tasks of family support like looking after younger siblings. In Mozambique it affects 21% of boys and 24% of girls.