Global poverty and technology

facts & stats About World Poverty and Technology

We live in a technologically enabled world, and the use of mobile phones is more far-reaching than you might think. Still, some areas of the world are almost completely left out.

  • Can you hear me now? Amazingly enough, 95% of the world’s population is covered by mobile cellular signals.

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  • Globally, Internet access has grown from 6% in 2000 to 43% in 2015.

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  • Africa, despite being larger than China, the United States, India and all of Eastern Europe combined, uses less than 3% of the world’s energy.

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  • More people have access to a cell phone than a toilet.

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  • Almost 20% of the world lacks access to electricity.

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  • UN Millennium Development Goals Report Summary 2015
  • UN Millennium Development Goals Report Summary 2015
  • UN University, October 2014
  • U.S. Energy Information and Administration, International Energy Statistics, 2008-2012
  • International Energy Agency, Role of sustainable energy in ending poverty, 2015

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