31 Countries with the Highest Poverty Rates in the World in 2017

This article will bring you to the list of countries with the highest poverty rates in the world in 2017. Insider Monkey has recently published an interesting article about it. There is no denying that poverty undermines human opportunities to develop their full potential. While there is an ongoing theoretical debate as to whether economic, social and cultural rights fit into the prism of human rights, there is no questioning that right to health, housing, education, and an adequate standard of living are of paramount importance to human life. Unfortunately, we all know too well that while everyone is entitled to these rights, as proclaimed by numerous international human rights treaties and conventions, not everyone realizes them. In my country there are still people who live in deep poverty, and children in these families can eat warm meals only when they are at the kinder garden or school…. It’s a shame! Governments should do every effort to stop this situation, but as a matter of fact we – “simple” citizens try to help them from our own sources, while our government doesn’t really strive to solve this problem. Yet, my homeland isn’t on this list – thanks God!

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Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked some countries with the highest poverty rates in the world in 2017 from their list.

The first country is Niger. The World Bank estimates that the poverty rate in Niger is 44.1%, making it one of the poorest countries in the world. The country ranks 2nd in 2017 OPHI report. Then, we are mentioning Burkina Faso. Around 45% of the country’s population lives on an income less than 1.25 USD per day. Poor living conditions favor outbreaks of cholera and diarrhoeal diseases, worsening the state of public health. For the next country let’s see Suriname. Suriname is one of the poorest countries in the South American continent. Poverty affects every one out of two people. According to the Human Development Report, 47.2% of the population in Suriname lives in multidimensional poverty. At last, but not least let’s check out Lesotho’s numbers! Multiple issues are to be tackled in Lesotho: high crime rate, high poverty rate, and HIV/AIDS pandemic. With regards to poverty, more than half the population lives in the conditions of extreme poverty.

For any further useful information, read Insider Monkey’s article about 31 countries with the highest poverty rates in the world in 2017

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