The Least Developed Countries Report 2016

Global poverty is increasingly concentrated among a group of 48 countries, which are falling further behind the rest of the world in terms of economic development, according to a United Nations report released by UNCTAD. The Least Developed Countries Report 2016: The Path to Graduation and Beyond - Making the Most of the Process states that a global goal to halve the size of this group will be missed unless the international community takes more action. These are the countries where the global battle for poverty eradication will be won or lost. A year ago, the global community pledged to 'leave no one behind', but that is exactly what is happening to the least developed countries [LDCs]. The proportion of the global poor in the 48 LDCs has more than doubled since 1990, to well over 40 per cent. Their share of those without access to water has also doubled to 43.5 per cent in the same period. And these countries now account for the majority (53.4 per cent) of the 1.1 billion people worldwide who do not have access to electricity, an increase of two thirds.