Signs of Hope for Ending Poverty, Even in a Pandemic

The novel coronavirus threatens to reverse the gains made in the global struggle to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 – but Sierra Leone offers hope that progress can be made in improving people’s lives even in a pandemic. A new study published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Oxford University’s Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) shows that of 75 countries surveyed, Sierra Leone made the most progress in reducing poverty over a period in which it was also battling Ebola.

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