Extreme Poverty

An estimated 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty.  They are trapped in a vicious circle of poverty, inequality, landlessness, unemployment, environmental degradation, marginalisation and violence, which prevent it from the full enjoyment of basic civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. Safe working conditions, adequate housing, access to water, food and health, participation and consultation in policies that affect them – these are some of the rights in jeopardy for those living in extreme poverty. 

In 2014, the richest 1% of people in the world owned 48% of global wealth, leaving just 52% to be shared between the other 99% of adults on the planet. Almost all of that 52% was owned by those included in the richest 20%, leaving just 5.5% for the remaining 80% of people in the world (Oxfam Report).

Eradicating extreme poverty is more than just a moral duty; it is a legal obligation under existing human rights law. FI is committed to promoting a rights-based approach to extreme poverty (as it is described in our publication Making Human Rights World For People Living in Exreme Poverty: A Handbook for implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights) primarily based on empowerment, and the principles of participation, accountability, transparency, and non-discrimination. 

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