How far has Asia really gone in eradicating poverty?

by Zafirah Mohamed Zein

Asia has gotten much less poor in the last 50 years. But a deadly pandemic and a different perspective on poverty might turn that claim on its head.

Asia’s hidden poverty crisis
So… is the international poverty line still relevant?
Poverty has many dimensions beyond food and shelter
The climate crisis can arrive in a flash…
…even as it starves people slowly
The poor fall further behind
Asia has a long way to go
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Data visualisation / Bianchi Dy
Illustration / Munirah Mansoor
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