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Did You Know Extreme Poverty Is Declining?

Jul. 1, 2014By: Darren CarlsonAuthor Bio

In a recent article by the Barna Group, their study found:

  • Based on current data from the World Bank, the percent of the world’s population living in extreme poverty has decreased from 52% to 21% over the last thirty years. If this trajectory continues, extreme poverty will be eliminated by 2030.
  • The Barna Group’s study also found that 84% of Americans admitted they were unaware “global poverty has been reduced so drastically.” The majority of Americans (67%) said they believed extreme poverty had increased over the last thirty years.

Why don't people realize this is happening? Barna found that:

  • 21% believe poverty is simply inevitable and will always exist. Because it will always exist, poverty couldn’t possibly be decreasing.
  • 20% don’t think enough people care about the issue for poverty to decrease.
  • 17% feel there isn’t enough of a collective global effort to reduce poverty.
  • 17% feel the problem of poverty is too big to be reduced.
  • 14% do not trust what they see as corrupt governments in impoverished countries.

Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International.  As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter

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