Extreme poverty is one of the most significant factors contributing to disease and death in the developing countries of the world. Needless to say, the causes of extreme poverty are difficult to isolate and even more difficult to address. Gathering accurate and robust data on the character and intensity of poverty is essential if we are to know which specific interventions are needed in any given political or geographic region.

In a later post, I will take up the issue of how poverty is measured, but for now, I offer this perky little video that presents “77 Reasons We Need Poverty Data.”