India leads Nigeria, lifts 271m persons from poverty out of 1bn citizens - UN
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India leads Nigeria, lifts 271m persons from poverty out of 1bn citizens - UN

- According to a United Nations (UN) report, India has lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016

- The report said that India tops the list of 10 countries in the world that have reduced poverty among their citizens

- The 10 countries on the list are Bangladesh, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru and Vietnam

A report by the United Nations (UN) has revealed that India lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016.

This is contained in the 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) released on Thursday, August 8, The Hindu reports

According to the UN's report, the achievement by India is the fastest reductions in the multidimensional poverty index values during the period with strong improvements in areas such as assets, cooking fuel, sanitation and nutrition.

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The report said that 1.3 billion persons, of the 101 nations that were studied, are “multidimensionally poor”.

This means that poverty is defined by a some pointers such as poor health, low quality of work and insecurity, not simply income.

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The 10 countries are Bangladesh, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru and Vietnam.

The report partly read: “This progress was largely driven by South Asia. In India, there were 271 million fewer people in poverty in 2016 than in 2006, while in Bangladesh the number dropped by 19 million between 2004 and 2014."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had stated that in three years, five million Nigerian have been lifted out of poverty by his administration.

The president made the assertion on Thursday, August 1 at the opening of the global youth employment forum of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Abuja.

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Source: Legit.ng

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