In the last 10 years India has lifted 271 million people out of poverty, the fastest reductions in the multidimensional poverty index values during the period with strong improvements in 'assets, cooking fuel, sanitation and nutrition', according to a United nations report.
The UN Development Programme's 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) were both released on Thursday.
The report said of the 101 countries studied–31 low income, 68 middle income and 2 high income--1.3 billion people are 'multi-dimensionally poor', meaning that poverty is defined not simply by income, but by a number of indicators, including poor health, poor quality of work and the threat of violence.
It identified 10 countries, with a combined population of around 2 billion people, to illustrate the level of poverty reduction, and all have shown statistically significant progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 1, ending poverty 'in all its forms, everywhere'.
These are Bangladesh, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru and Vietnam.