Despite decades of worldwide attention to poverty eradication, tens of millions of people still live in extreme poverty, and many more must struggle to meet their family’s needs. Although economic growth and macroeconomic stability are essential for poverty reduction, they must be accompanied by the creation and continued support of social protection policies that ensure the economic security of all segments of the population. Beyond income, according to the International Labor Organization only one in five people in the world has adequate social security coverage.
The WORLD Policy Analysis Center has developed a globally comparative, quantitatively comparable database on poverty reduction policies worldwide through a systematic review of legislation and other sources. In light of the evidence surrounding the importance of policies addressing poverty, the maps in this section present data that aim to provide an overview of countries’ poverty reduction policies, and consequently, on the prospects that people living in such countries are likely to face as a result.