Poverty

A Bangladesh homeless woman sleeps at a bus shelter in Dhaka under a billboard advertising toiletries. The latest Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Progress Report, released by the UNDP, indicates that less than a third of people in Bangladesh now live below the national poverty line.

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A Bangladesh homeless woman sleeps at a bus shelter in Dhaka under a billboard advertising toiletries. The latest Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Progress Report, released by the UNDP, indicates that less than a third of people in Bangladesh now live below the national poverty line.

Afghanistan society...epa03872131 Afghan children at their camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, 18 September 2013. Afghanistan's independent human rights commission might lose its "A" status in the upcoming review, which might affect its work and funding, UN and Afghan officials said 17 September. The reason was "the process leading up to the appointment of five new members" of the Afghan rights commission, which was "sufficiently flawed" for it to lose its ìAî status, according to Navi Pillay, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights.  EPA/S. SABAWOON

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Afghan children at their camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission might lose its “A” status in the upcoming review, which might affect its work and funding, UN and Afghan officials said on Tuesday Read more

Roma Communities Struggle Against Abject Poverty...PONORATA, ROMANIA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Young Roma children attend a preschool class in the abjectly poor Roma settlement of Ponorata on September 11, 2013 in Ponorata, Romania. A Romanian NGO called OvidiuRo, co-founded by Leslie Hawke, who is the mother of American actor Ethan Hawke, is attempting to get young Roma children to regularly attend pre-school through a coupon incentive system for food at Ponorata and 23 other Roma communities across Romania. Between 400 and 500 Roma live in squalor at Ponorata, few have access to electricity and 95% of them are illiterate and unemployed. Many Roma from Ponorata have spent time in France to earn money, mostly through begging and scrap metal collection.

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Young children attend a pre-school class in the Roma settlement of Ponorata in Romania. OvidiuRo, a Romanian non-governmental organisation co-founded by Leslie Hawke, the mother of US actor Ethan Hawke, is attempting to get Roma children to regularly attend pre-school through a coupon incentive system for food. Between 400 and 500 Roma live in squalour at Ponorata, few have access to electricity and 95 per cent are illiterate and unemployed. Many Roma from Ponorata have spent time in France to earn money, mostly through begging and scrap metal collection. Read more

Afghan boys transport containers of water with a wheelbarrow on the outskirts of Herat on Tuesday. The war-torn country still faces poverty, unemployment and lack of infrastructure despite western aid money which has flooded Afghanistan in the 11 years since a US-led invasion toppled the hard line Islamist Taliban regime.

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Afghan boys transport containers of water with a wheelbarrow on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan on Tuesday. The war-torn country still faces poverty, unemployment and lack of infrastructure despite western aid that has flooded Afghanistan in the 11 years since a US-led invasion toppled the Islamist Taliban regime.

Refugio poses for a photograph inside her house in Zitlaltepec...Refugio, 82, poses for a photograph inside her house in Zitlaltepec, July 26, 2013. Mexico's poverty rate fell 0.6 percent between 2010 and 2012 to 53.3 million people, the government's social development agency Coneval said. Factoring in population growth, the ranks of the poor grew by half a million people in that time. Picture taken July 26, 2013. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Refugio, 82, inside her house in Zitlaltepec. Mexico’s poverty rate fell 0.6 per cent between 2010 and 2012 to 53.3m people, the government’s social development agency Coneval said. Factoring in population growth, the ranks of the poor grew by 500,000 people in that time. Read more

Street children sleep under a bridge in Paranaque city, metro Manila...Street children sleep under a bridge in Paranaque city, metro Manila July 18, 2013. Picture taken July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY)

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TOPSHOTS Indian school children hold candles as they payi tribute to school children that died from food poisoning in Saran district of Bihar state, at a government school in Amritsar on July 18, 2013. Thousands of schoolchildren were refusing free meals in poverty-stricken eastern India after 22 children died from eating lunch apparently contaminated with insecticide, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ NARINDER NANUNARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

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Youngsters hold candles as they pay tribute to children who died from food poisoning in India‘s Saran district of Bihar state, at a government school in Amritsar on Thursday. Thousands of youngsters were refusing free meals in poverty-stricken eastern India after 22 children died from eating lunch apparently contaminated with insecticide, officials said Read more

Palestinian children wait to receive food, donated by the Islamic endowment authority Islamic waqf, at a soup kitchen in the West Bank city of Hebron during the holy month of Ramadan July 18, 2013. During Ramadan, there is an increase in demand for food, a manager at the soup kitchen said.

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Palestinian children wait to receive food, donated by the Islamic waqf relief agency, at a soup kitchen in the West Bank city of Hebron during the holy month of Ramadan, it is a time, says the manager of the kitchen, when there is an increase demand for food

A woman holds a child as laundry dries o...A woman holds a child as laundry dries on July 9, 2013 in the Nkaneng shantytown next to the platinum mine, run by British company Lonmin, in Marikana. On August 16, 2012, police at the Marikana mine open fire on striking workers, killing 34 and injuring 78, during a strike was for better wages and living conditions. Miners still live in dire conditions despite a small wage increase.

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A woman holds a child as laundry dries on Tuesday in the Nkaneng shantytown next to the platinum mine run by British company Lonmin, in Marikana, South Africa. On August 16, 2012, police at the mine opened fire on striking workers, killing 34 and injuring 78, during a strike for better wages and living conditions. Miners still live in dire conditions despite a small wage increase. Read more

A homeless man sleeps on the ground in L...A homeless man sleeps on the ground in Lisbon on July 3, 2013.  AFP PHOTO/ PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAPATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images

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