Poverty in Africa

What Are Some of the Most Important “Poverty in Africa” Facts?

With many people sinking further into poverty in Africa, facts show the crisis is growing dire. According to the poverty clock, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest proportion of residents living in extreme poverty, defined as having less than $1.25 a day. In 2010, that number included 414 million people in the region, with Nigeria having the highest concentration in the world. In fact, 75 percent of the world’s poorest nations are in Africa. Africa also has the highest prevalence of undernourishment, estimated to be 20 percent of its population in 2016.[1]

Here are some other facts on poverty in Africa:

  • Over 40 percent of all Africans are unable to regularly get sufficient food. Sub-Saharan Africa also has 589 million people with no access to electricity, forcing 80 percent of the population to cook their meals by burning wood, charcoal or dung.[2]
  • Of the 738 million people globally who lack access to clean water, 37 percent of them are in Africa. More than 50 percent of Africans have a water-related illness, like cholera.[3]
  • Women of sub-Saharan Africa are 230 times more likely to die during childbirth or pregnancy than women in North America. That is one in sixteen African pregnancies that result in death.[4]
  • Approximately 80 percent of Africa’s poor live in rural areas, which is more susceptible to risk than urban life.[5]

Immediate action is still needed to address the issue of poverty in Africa, but fixing poverty is a marathon, not a sprint. Though the percentage of people in poverty has fallen in Africa, the rapidly growing population means that the total number of people in poverty has grown.[6]

GFA World is working in Africa, spreading out from Rwanda, where we’ve established the headquarters for our African missions. A church with hundreds of believers has already been established, and a branch of GFA World’s Child Sponsorship Program initiated as well. These are the first of many ministries, which will also include training national missionaries, educating the underprivileged, empowering women, broadcasting the Good News, drilling water wells and providing health care.[7] Such practical solutions help lift families and communities out of the cycle of poverty, and meeting people’s physical needs shows them God’s love.

GFA’s work takes a lot of resources and manpower. We rely on donations from people all over the world to keep the ministry thriving. Consider joining this mission by donating to GFA and praying for its ministries.

Learn more about poverty in Africa

[1] Anele, Uzonna. “Top 10 Infuriating Facts about Poverty in Africa.” Talk Africana. https://talkafricana.com/top-10-infuriating-facts-about-poverty-in-africa. October 2, 2018.
[2] Ibid.
[3] Ibid.
[4] Ibid.
[5] “Accelerating Poverty Reduction in Africa: In Five Charts.” The World Bank. https://www.worldbank.org/en/region/afr/publication/accelerating-poverty-reduction-in-africa-in-five-charts. October 9, 2019.
[6] Ibid.
[7] “GFA World Expands Ministry to Africa.” GFA World. https://www.gfa.org/africa. Accessed November 9, 2022.