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Poverty is a multidimensional concept, incorporating a number of different factors which impact the lives of the poor. The World Bank uses an international poverty line of $1.90 a day (adjusted for local purchasing power), and estimates that, in 2013, 10.7% of the world’s population lived below this line (World Bank 2016). Lack of economic resources has direct consequences on many other aspects of life, including food security and access to healthcare and water services. Cash transfers have been shown to be an effective way to tackle economic poverty in a variety of circumstances.

Further reading

World Bank. 2016. Poverty and shared prosperity 2016: taking on inequality.