South Asia only recently saw the number of people making between $1.90 and $3.20 begin to decline. Sub-Saharan Africa has yet to reach this turning point. These trends underscore the dynamic nature of poverty; despite progress, there are still many who are close enough to the extreme poverty line that they risk falling below it again.
Finally, it is important to recognize that income is not the only way to think about a good life. We look at other indicators such as health, nutrition, education, and financial services in the following pages.