Fight against poverty has ground to a halt, World Bank warns
28 October 2022 | 12:53 pm
The Covid-19 pandemic and Russia's invasion of Ukraine have reversed three decades of progress in reducing poverty, according to the World Bank, which is warning that the global goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 is now out of reach.
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