Global poverty and empowerment

facts & stats About World Poverty and Empowerment

Empowering kids is a big part of what we do. But what does it mean? Giving kids access to the basic tools they need to succeed. Instilling in them confidence that they can break free from poverty. Building them into engaged citizens of their communities. To name just a few, of course!

  • Worldwide, 2 billion people are without any kind of bank account.

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  • People who can read are more likely to participate politically and exercise their civil rights.

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  • Direct links between empowerment and breaking free from poverty are real. Self-confidence, personal power and aspirations for the future are associated with a high increase in escaping poverty. 

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  • India, the Dominican Republic and Zambia are among the top 20 in the list of countries with the highest instances of child marriages. (More than a third of girls get married before turning 18.)  

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  • Learning to lead, better performance in school, less alcohol or drug use. All are outcomes of empowering youth.

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Sources

  • Gallup poll, 2015
  • UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report, 2006
  • Moving Out of Poverty – Vol. 2 - Success from the Bottom Up
  • UNICEF Progress for Children, April 2012
  • Search Institute, The Power of Developmental Assets, 2013