Those that live in Absolute poverty do not have access to the
resources required to satisfy basic human material needs.
Three quarters of the world's population live in countries
suffering from widespread absolute poverty.
It was described by the former World Bank President as "a
condition of life so degraded by disease, illiteracy, malnutrition and
squalor as to deny its victims basic human necessities....life at the very
margin of physical existence."
Life is threatened without food, drink, warmth, shelter,
clothing and good health.
A primary objective of development should be widespread
provision of basic foodstuffs, clean water, housing, clothing and health
Relative poverty is defined as households with an income below
50% of the median in the country studied.
One in six of the developed world's children live
in relative poverty - that is, below the national poverty line in their
country - according to a new report from Unicef.