In terms of extreme poverty, by several key measures, more progress has been made in the past few decades than over any such period in industrial history.
Nonetheless, poverty remains a constant concern. Its effects are many–upon physical and mental health, outlook for future generations, as one of the leading causes of crime, on the ability of a people or country to address other concerns such as pollution or climate change–and its causes are complex: it is sometimes historical, where sufferers are born into it with little opportunity to escape; it is sometimes sudden, fallen into as a result of a series of unfortunate financial decisions or accidents; and it is sometimes driven by unexpected climatic events or bigotry between social classes.
Whatever the cause, poverty is a problem that concerns us all. Here, we present the stories we are able to source concerning this subject, though the search goes ever on, and poverty in particular is one subject concerning which stories can be hard to source, as its sufferers often lack an accessible means to communicate to the world at large.
The below graphic by Our World In Data, portraying the declining trend in extreme poverty, may help to lift the spirits and provide motivation for dealing with this problem; though, as the graphic shows, current circumstances and future prospects remain poor in Sub-Saharan Africa, and it is there where our greatest future struggle remains.