Economic Opportunity

Ending poverty by building resilient infrastructure and promoting sustainable employment, economic growth and industrialization

Why it matters

  • More than 700 million people live below the poverty line. Learn about the World Bank's definition of poverty here.
  • Globally, more than 204 million are out of work, according to the International Labour Organization's estimate for 2017.
  • More than two billion people don't have access to basic sanitation or constant electricity.
  • Poor infrastructure prevents access to education, jobs, markets and information.
  • Industrialization has a scaling effect, with a job in manufacturing creating 2.2 jobs elsewhere.

Global Visionaries focused on Economic Opportunity:

This theme includes the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

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