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Ten years after the end of its civil war, Angola, which is heading to the polls Friday, has been transformed into a regional African power with a strong economy, but poverty is still widespread.

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Hardworking Americans should not be living in povertyupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 10:15:00

When the U.S. economy collapsed, millions of us lost our homes, our jobs, our retirement savings and our faith in the American dream. What we gained was a very clear view of the vast -- and growing -- divide between the rich and the rest of us.

Obama should ignore 'class warfare' gibesupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 10:08:00

During a meeting with historians in 2011, Politico reported, President Obama said: "What you could do for me is to help me find a way to discuss the issue of inequality in our society without being accused of class warfare." For Obama, this is not an esoteric question. Rather, this is a challenge that will be integral to his campaign and, if he is re-elected, to his second term as president.

Booker, Frist fight childhood obesityupdated: Tue May 01 2012 07:15:00

Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Former Senate Majority leader Dr. Bill Frist on new childhood obesity initiatives.

As childhood obesity improves, will kids in poverty be left behind?updated: Tue May 01 2012 07:15:00

The statistics are grim: Roughly one in six U.S. children are obese, and, at last count, nearly one in three are overweight, putting them at increased risk of health problems ranging from diabetes to being bullied at school.

CNNMoney: Poverty rate rises under alternate Census measureupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 15:54:00

There were more than 49 million Americans living in poverty in 2010, under an alternative measure released by the Census Bureau Monday.

With 7 billion on earth, a huge task before usupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 11:04:00

Just 12 years after the arrival of the 6 billionth individual on the planet in 1999, humanity will greet the 7 billionth arrival this month. The world population continues its rapid ascent, with roughly 75 million more births than deaths each year. The consequences of a world crowded with 7 billion people are enormous. And unless the world population stabilizes during the 21st century, the consequences for humanity could be grim.

CNNMoney: Poverty grows in Rick Perry's Texasupdated: Thu Oct 13 2011 18:19:00

Texas Governor Rick Perry likes to brag that his state is an economic powerhouse.

Meet Lily, a muppet facing growing concern: national hungerupdated: Wed Oct 05 2011 19:10:00

Move over, Cookie Monster. And pipe down, Oscar the Grouch.

Anger rises in India over redrawn poverty lineupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 22:27:00

Prime minister Manmohan Singh faces a growing political storm over how to measure poverty in India amid fears that new benchmarks proposed by a powerful policymaking body could see many of the country's poor lose their welfare benefits.

CNNMoney: Poverty pervades the suburbsupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 17:11:00

Guess where most people in poverty live? Hint: It's not in the inner cities or rural America.

Children slipping through health care safety netupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 12:00:00

These are hard times in the United States.

War on poverty in 2011?updated: Mon Sep 19 2011 07:31:00

America's poverty rate is now the worst since 1993, according to a shocking report last week from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Raising minimum wage won't lower povertyupdated: Fri Sep 16 2011 09:46:00

The U.S. Census Bureau reported this week that more Americans are living in poverty than ever before measured -- 46.2 million people.

CNNMoney: Government aid keeps millions out of povertyupdated: Wed Sep 14 2011 05:46:00

Without help from the federal government, millions more people would have sunk below the poverty line in 2010, U.S. Census data shows.

CNNMoney: Poverty rate rises in Americaupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 15:27:00

Amid a still struggling economy, more people in America fell below the poverty line last year, according to new census data released Tuesday.

Recession leads to jump in child poverty ratesupdated: Sun Aug 21 2011 12:10:00

The Wallaces know what it means to struggle.

Poverty rates among children riseupdated: Sun Aug 21 2011 12:10:00

Poverty rates among children have risen sharply. CNN's Athena Jones talks with one family to see how they're coping.

Glastonbury tax activists target 'hypocritical' U2updated: Fri Jun 24 2011 18:03:00

U2 frontman Bono is usually lauded as one of the world's most vocal anti-poverty campaigners but at Glastonbury Festival on Friday he instead found himself the target of criticism at his band's alleged efforts to avoid paying millions of euros in taxes.

2009: U2 performs on London rooftopupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 18:03:00

In 2009, rockers U2 performed on a rooftop in London to mark the launch of their album, "No Line on the Horizon".

Report: World changes eating habits as food prices soarupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 07:23:00

People around the world are changing their diets because of soaring food prices, according to a new study.

CNNMoney: Food price hikes could push millions to povertyupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 13:10:00

As global food prices rise near record highs, the World Bank warned Thursday that further spikes could push millions more people deeper into poverty.

President Obama visiting three Latin American success storiesupdated: Sat Mar 19 2011 21:32:00

It's his first trip to South America, one that many doubted would happen at all.

Cutting Head Start is bad fiscal policyupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 10:56:00

Early childhood education is the single best investment we can make for our children. Unfortunately, the U.S. House proposed a spending bill for the remainder of 2011 calling for drastic cuts to education, including a 22.4% reduction in funding for Head Start and Early Head Start.

Report: Some impoverished U.S. counties need foreign aidupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 09:40:00

Some American children are facing circumstances so dire that they require foreign aid to supplement services such as tutoring and reading programs, said a report by the Children's Defense Fund released Tuesday.

Federal report: U.S. hunger remains at highest levels in 15 yearsupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 11:48:00

The number of Americans fighting off hunger stayed level last year, though food insecurity rates remain the highest they have been since the federal government began keeping track 15 years ago, a Department of Agriculture report released Monday found.

Why I'm an optimist about changing the worldupdated: Sun Oct 17 2010 11:06:00

At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we consider ourselves to be impatient optimists -- we are impatient with the way the world is, but optimistic that changing it is possible.

What non-profits can learn from Cokeupdated: Sun Oct 17 2010 11:06:00

Melinda Gates suggests non-profits take a cue from companies whose global network of marketers offer widespread access.

Obama announces development plan at U.N.updated: Wed Sep 22 2010 18:25:00

President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced the creation of a comprehensive administration initiative devoted to spurring development efforts around the globe.

World leaders address poverty at U.N. sessionupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 12:15:00

President Barack Obama will address the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday as world leaders continue to lay down their achievements and goals in the effort to decrease world poverty.

Shourd: Don't celebrate yetupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 22:41:00

American hiker Sarah Shourd spent more than a year in Iranian prison and says she is only one-third free.

Ahmadinejad blames capitalism for global woesupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 22:41:00

Attending a United Nations session on alleviating world poverty Tuesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed capitalism for the world's woes.

Iranian president to speak at U.N. summitupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 06:37:00

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is among the world leaders scheduled to speak Tuesday at a United Nations summit on global goals to fight poverty, hunger and disease.

UN chief: Don't waver from anti-poverty goalsupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 16:39:00

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon exhorted member nations Monday not to waver from efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals they set for themselves a decade ago with a deadline of 2015.

How Census gets it wrong on povertyupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 08:31:00

When the Census Bureau released its annual U.S. poverty report last week, the news looked grim. Poverty had risen to 14.3 percent in 2009 from 13.2 percent in 2008 -- the largest single-year increase since 1980. And there is no end in sight for those struggling to make ends meet, as unemployment has remained high throughout this year.

CNNMoney: Poverty in the U.S. spikesupdated: Thu Sep 16 2010 15:46:00

The nation's poverty rate jumped to 14.3% in 2009, its highest level since 1994, and the 43.6 million Americans in need is the highest number in 51 years of record-keeping, the government said Thursday.

Weaving out of povertyupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 01:48:00

In Rwanda, a group of twenty women are weaving their way out of poverty as part of a government run cooperative.

Fact or fiction: World Cup woes for homeless ?updated: Fri Jul 09 2010 11:46:00

Though the hosting of a major international sport event can provide great opportunity for much of the population of a host nation, critics argue that people living on the streets often have reason to be fearful.

Study: Fewer low-income kids getting summer school mealsupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 09:46:00

Many summer food programs have been slashed during the recession leaving low-income children with fewer options, a report by the Food Research and Action Center said Tuesday.

Children's quality of life declining, says reportupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 16:44:00

About 21 percent of children in the United States will be living below the poverty line in 2010, the highest rate in 20 years, according to a new analysis of children's well-being released Tuesday.

Scratching out a life on Manila's Smokey Mountainupdated: Tue Apr 06 2010 21:22:00

When I was told we were traveling to the Philippines to do a story on "Smokey Mountain", I was unaware as to just how famous this landmark actually was.

Trash heap is home to many near Manilaupdated: Tue Apr 06 2010 21:22:00

A mountain made up of 50 years of trash is home to some near Manila, Philippines. Anna Coren reports.

Countries cancel $1 billion in Afghanistan debtupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 14:37:00

Countries are canceling more than $1 billion in debt that Afghanistan owes them, the Paris Club of creditor nations announced Wednesday.

Poor nations' fury over leaked climate textupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 08:52:00

A leaked document known as the "Danish text" has driven an even deeper wedge between rich and poor countries embroiled in U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen.

CNNMoney: Poverty rate jumps for the first time since '04updated: Thu Sep 10 2009 14:08:00

The poverty rate rose last year to 13.2%, the highest level since 1997, said a report released Thursday.

Guatemala declares calamity as food crisis growsupdated: Wed Sep 09 2009 13:58:00

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom has declared a state of national calamity because so many citizens do not have food or proper nutrition.

Commentary: 3 billion poor people need world's helpupdated: Fri Mar 20 2009 09:51:00

The G-20 meeting in London, England, on April 2 will be watched by the entire world with urgency and with a yearning for hope, vision and programmatic clarity.

John Legend's heroupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 14:15:00

Singer John Legend talks about "Mama" Mwadawa Ruziga, whose business collective makes and sells products from fruits.

Her success against odds inspires singer John Legendupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 14:15:00

Moved by a 2007 trip to Ghana, singer/songwriter John Legend joined the fight to end extreme poverty in his lifetime. And based on his experiences in poor, rural areas of Africa, he says, real change is possible.

Report: 1 in 3 poor Indians pay bribesupdated: Sun Jun 29 2008 07:46:00

One out of every three families living below the poverty level in India paid a bribe last year for basic public services, like admitting a family member into a hospital, according to a new report. Underweight Births at 40-Year Highupdated: Thu Jun 12 2008 15:00:00

The percentage of underweight babies born in the U.S. has increased to its highest rate in 40 years, according to a new report that also documents a recent rise in the number of children living in poverty

U.N.: Poor countries could pay 40 percent more for food updated: Thu May 22 2008 20:45:00

The world's poorest countries could pay 40 percent more for food this year than they did last year because of rising prices, according to a United Nations report released Thursday.

Concept for world's poor aids richest nation on earthupdated: Thu May 22 2008 07:57:00

A bank operating on a concept that has lifted thousands of people out of grinding poverty in the developing world has set its sights on helping the poverty-stricken in America.

Riots, instability spread as food prices skyrocketupdated: Mon Apr 21 2008 04:30:00

Riots from Haiti to Bangladesh to Egypt over the soaring costs of basic foods have brought the issue to a boiling point and catapulted it to the forefront of the world's attention, the head of an agency focused on global development said Monday.

Rich, poor and climate changeupdated: Mon Feb 18 2008 00:17:00

The general dialogue on adapting to a world affected by climate change by definition excludes the world's poorest people. And yet it's the world's poorest who are often put forward as the ones who are likely to feel the affects of climate change the most and are likely to be able to deal with them the least.

The Bono-ization of activismupdated: Fri Oct 12 2007 11:00:00

Naomi Klein's 2000 book "No Logo" galvanized a generation to resist the lure of brands and corporatization. National Poverty Rate Declinesupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 13:00:00

The nation's poverty rate dropped last year, the first significant decline since President Bush took office

CNNMoney: Household incomes rise but ...updated: Tue Aug 28 2007 02:21:00

Household income crept higher and the poverty rate edged lower last year, the government said Tuesday, while the number of Americans without health insurance rose by 2.2 million to 47 million people.

Waters: Something can be done about extreme povertyupdated: Fri Jun 08 2007 15:59:00

One dollar. It's the cost of a New York Times, less than half a cup of coffee at Starbucks. These days it's a paltry sum. Even less when you consider that right now, a billion people are struggling to survive on less than one dollar a day. This is what defines "extreme poverty."

Statement of Paul Wolfowitzupdated: Thu May 17 2007 18:29:00

World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz issued this statement Thursday:

Fortune: Saving the world with a cup of yogurtupdated: Thu Mar 15 2007 13:02:00

Along a dirt road in Bangladesh's green, fertile heartland, 140 miles northwest of Dhaka, workers in flip-flops are hauling bricks, pouring cement and hammering boards. The object of their labor: a...

Fortune: From microcredit to microcapitalismupdated: Fri Oct 13 2006 12:37:00

Forget billion-dollar development projects. When Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus surveyed a poor village in the mid-1970s and found that all the money borrowed totaled just $27, he set out to ...

'Shoeshine President' scuffed by scandalupdated: Mon Oct 02 2006 03:33:00

Four years ago Brazilian president Lula Ignacio de Silva was swept to power by a landslide election success and a groundswell of goodwill that seemed to herald a new political dawn in the world's fifth largest country.

Fighting poverty $1 at a timeupdated: Thu Aug 31 2006 16:14:00

It all started with $50. In 1988, that's what it took Noni Bala Ghosh to revive her family's business of making sweets to sell in Kholshi, her tiny village in Bangladesh.

Your e-mails: How to break the trap of povertyupdated: Thu Aug 31 2006 11:19:00

As part of an upcoming "CNN Presents" on poverty, asked its readers to imagine they had $10 million dollars to give away to help end poverty.

Study: White kids most likely to abuse inhalantsupdated: Thu Mar 16 2006 09:34:00

Kids who try to get high by sniffing glue, lighter fluid and other chemicals are more likely to be white and come from families that make more than double the poverty level, according to a federal study.

CNNMoney: States with the poorest populationsupdated: Tue Nov 29 2005 17:10:00

NEW YORK ( - Roughly 12.5 percent of the U.S. population is living in poverty, according to data released recently from the Census Bureau.

CNNMoney: Helping the poor to saveupdated: Tue Nov 01 2005 09:57:00

Shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Carmen Kelley was worried.

Wolfowitz set for World Bank nodupdated: Thu Mar 31 2005 04:47:00

The World Bank board is expected to approve Paul Wolfowitz as its leader one day after the deputy defense secretary received the support of the European Union.

Europe warms to Wolfowitzupdated: Wed Mar 30 2005 05:06:00

The European Commission says it is satisfied with commitments made by Paul Wolfowitz during talks in Brussels, and Germany said it expected EU states to back him as president of the World Bank.

Essay: The class system of catastropheupdated: Mon Jan 03 2005 12:20:00

Though the epicenter of last week's disaster was in the Indian Ocean, the devastating toll was felt worldwide.

CNNMoney: The changing face of povertyupdated: Wed Dec 22 2004 11:09:00

Poverty and hunger are problems that many Americans relegate to the Third World. But the steady growth of poverty has left millions of American families afraid they won't have enough money to put food on the table.

CNNMoney: More working Americans living in povertyupdated: Thu Dec 09 2004 12:17:00

Being poor doesn't mean being jobless, said a recent Challenger, Gray & Christmas report that found more and more working families are living at or below the poverty line.

U.N.: Millions of children in povertyupdated: Wed Oct 13 2004 06:56:00

A new UNICEF report finds that millions of children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia still live in poverty, despite economic progress being made in the region.

CNNMoney: Poverty spreadsupdated: Thu Aug 26 2004 10:46:00

The number of Americans living in poverty jumped to 35.9 million last year, up by 1.3 million, while the number of those without health care insurance rose to 45 million from 43.6 million in 2002, the U.S. government said in a report Thursday.

Fortune: Tree Huggers, Soy Lovers, and Profits Some of America's biggest corporations believe that the best way to make money is by savinupdated: Mon Jun 23 2003 00:01:00

Paul Tebo is no one's idea of a revolutionary. A mild-mannered, gray-haired, 59-year-old chemical engineer, he has worked at DuPont for 35 years. He used to run the firm's $3-billion-a-year petroch...

FSB: Wage War! Why living-wage laws won't eliminate low pay--and will hurt low-paid workers.updated: Mon Jul 01 2002 00:01:00

Call it the Murphy's Law of Economics: If you want to produce less of something--smoking, say, or coal mining--tax it. For a glimpse of the downside of this quick and easy way to influence economic...

Fortune: Are The Rich Cleaning Up? Blue-collar workers make less than they did a generation ago, while the earnings of updated: Mon Sep 04 2000 00:01:00

The average price of a Manhattan apartment south of Harlem has hit more than $850,000--at a time when two-fifths of New York City's residents make $20,000 or less a year. In Silicon Valley teachers...

Fortune: Minimum Wage + $1 = More Povertyupdated: Mon Oct 12 1998 00:01:00

Amazing fact: Even as you read this--even as each new stanza of that bizarre epic, the Clintoniad, is written--there are politicians in Washington actually trying to change, you know, laws. It's tr...


DO YOU BELIEVE in luck? Let David Wittig, the former co-head of investment banking at Kidder Peabody, tell you why you should. One evening in 1986, Wittig says, he was having dinner at the Manhatta...


If we have learned anything from the 30 years of frustration since we declared war on poverty, it should be this: You can't fix the problem if you don't understand it. Strategies founded on oversim...


The battles raging in Washington since Newt Gingrich became Speaker of the House have been epic in their ferocity. But what is the war really about?

Fortune: AMERICAN INDIANS DISCOVER MONEY IS POWER From Arizona to Maine, tribal leaders are turning to private enterprise to lift their pupdated: Mon Apr 19 1993 00:01:00

ROUTE 16 through Neshoba County, Mississippi, is a drab stretch of highway lined by scraggly cotton fields, red clay, and pine trees. Whizzing along it, you see neither signs of wealth nor any busi...

Fortune: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE RICH AND THE POOR Are the wealthy gaining at the expense of the poor and the middle class? Conservatives andupdated: Mon Sep 21 1992 00:01:00

THE STATISTICAL gamesmanship over American income trends started early in this election year and has been heating up ever since. Enshrined in Bill Clinton's economic plan is the ''fact'' that the t...

Fortune: STRUGGLING TO SAVE OUR KIDS Many more than ever face the crises of childhood: violence, drugs, bad schools, updated: Mon Aug 10 1992 00:01:00

IF THE WELL-BEING of its children is the proper measure of the health of a civilization, the United States is in grave danger. Of the 65 million Americans under 18, fully 20% live in poverty, 22% l...

Fortune: THE AMERICAN FAMILY, 1992 Everyone knows how vastly it has been transformed, but we are just learning how updated: Mon Aug 10 1992 00:01:00

I KNOW BY THE WORRY in their eyes that my children are not kidding when they ask, every couple of months or so, ''Are you and Mommy getting a divorce?'' And this in a close-knit family committed to...

Fortune: THE TYRANNY OF AMERICA'S OLD By clinging to an outsize share of governmental goodies, the elderly are unintentionally forcing thupdated: Mon Jan 13 1992 00:01:00

IT IS ONE OF THE MOST crucial issues facing U.S. society. But hardly a politician will even talk about the subject, much less propose remedies for it. The problem? Simply put, America is spending t...

Fortune: HOW WE CAN WIN THE WAR ON POVERTY Around the country, points of light are turning on, and some principles for success are showinupdated: Mon Apr 10 1989 00:01:00

IT IS OF NO SMALL significance that poverty is suddenly returning to the forefront of the American consciousness. Perhaps it is mostly a comment on the immense power of our media-age Presidents to ...

Fortune: THE RICH AND THE POOR Are the Haves responsible for the disquieting plight of the Have-Nots?updated: Mon Jun 06 1988 00:01:00

NO NOVELIST would dare put into a book the most extreme of the dizzying contrasts of wealth and poverty that make up the ordinary texture of life in today's American cities. The details are too out...

Fortune: AMERICA'S UNDERCLASS: WHAT TO DO? Drugs. Crime. Illegitimacy. Welfare. Failure. All these imprison five million citizens. But soupdated: Mon May 11 1987 00:01:00

LISTEN: % ''He made me scared, so I pulled the trigger. So feel sorry? I doubt it. I didn't want to see him go down like that, but better him than me.'' ''I'm gonna work 40 hours a week and bring h...

Fortune: AMERICA'S POOR: HOW BIG A PROBLEM? Their numbers, though substantially smaller than Washington says, are formidable enough to deupdated: Mon May 26 1986 00:01:00

''Hey, what's everybody lining up for?'' asks the dapper young New Yorker, stepping out of a taxi. It is 10 P.M. on a Monday night, and across the street from Grand Central, Manhattan's Beaux Arts ...

Fortune: WHAT SHOULD GOVERNMENT DO FOR THE POOR? Many liberals and conservatives are seeking common ground to help the poor without pumpiupdated: Mon May 26 1986 00:01:00

TWENTY-TWO years after the opening shot in the War on Poverty, most Americans have given up hope of victory. According to a recent opinion poll, the overwhelming majority of Americans believe that ...

Fortune: HUNGER IN AMERICA IS REAL Millions go hungry because the government has cut back too far on food programs.updated: Mon Jun 24 1985 00:01:00

Hunger in affluent America in the 1980s? ''Not proved,'' we hear from official Washington. Stories of families going hungry are said to be exaggerated, and telecasts from soup kitchens are dismisse...

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