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Despite 1b population constraint, India outsmarts Nigeria, lifts 271m citizens from poverty

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The United Nations’ report has revealed that India lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016 to put Nigeria behind.

According to Hindu reports, this was 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.

According to the United Nations’ 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.

Despite 1b population constraint, India outsmarts Nigeria, lifts 271m citizens from poverty

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

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.”

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