The Economist Magazine:
Towards the End of Poverty June 1, 2013
Nearly 1 billion people have been taken out of extreme poverty in 20 years. The world should aim to do the same again
In his inaugural address in 1949 Harry Truman said that "more than half the people in the world are living in conditions approaching misery. For the first time in history, humanity possesses the knowledge and skill to relieve the suffering of those people." It has taken much longer than Truman hoped, but the world has lately been making extraordinary progress in lifting people out of extreme poverty. Between 1990 and 2010, their number fell by half as a share of the total population in developing countries, from 43% to 21%-a reduction of almost 1 billion people...