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SDG 1 - No Poverty


Welcome to our new series of posts about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)! In each post, inspired by Development Perspectives work, we will tell you more about one specific goal and propose changemaking challenges you can take to tackle it. Let's start the SDGs adventure together! :)

SDG 1: No poverty

End poverty in all forms everywhere.


  • More than 700 million people, or 10% of the world population, still live in extreme poverty. Surviving on less than US$1.90 a day.

  • Having a job does not guarantee a decent living. In fact, over 8 percent of employed workers and their families worldwide lived in extreme poverty in 2018.

  • Globally, there are 122 women aged 25 to 34 living in extreme poverty for every 100 men of the same age group.

  • The majority of people living on less than $1.90 a day live in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Poverty affects children disproportionately. One out of five children live in extreme poverty.

  • Write a letter to your Minister for Finance. He has the ability to influence policy that can eradicate poverty.*

  • The ‘Poverty Box’ Challenge asks you to buy all of your food for 1 week for €14 (€2 per day). Take pictures to document what you have bought or made each day and share it with #PovertyBox. At the end of the week, you must nominate 3 friends on Facebook/ Twitter/Instagram to take the same challenge!*

  • Invest 25$ to end poverty in the world (and encourage your friends to do the same) – lent it to a person in need through the platform (you can read more about them here)

More inspiration:

  • To read

  1. Techo - the biggest Latin American organization, building houses in favelas:

  2. Hidden City Tours - walking tour around Barcelona guided by homeless people.

  3. Friends International – organization which successfully supports street children and youth from Cambodia (good to check if you want some tips on how to react to begging children).

  • To watch

  1. Mia Birdsong TED Talk - The Story We Tell About Poverty Isn't True.*

  2. Teva Sienicki TED Talk - We can end poverty, but this is why we haven't.*

  3. Charles Eisenstein, Sacred Economics.

* These information and calls to action come from the fantastic Development Perspectives material about SDGs. Have a look here to discover more.

For more info about other SDGs, have a look at here.

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