International development programs work to end poverty; support the advancement of human rights; and promote resilient, democratic societies while improving global security and prosperity.
- From 1990 to 2017, 1.1 billion people were lifted out of extreme poverty. In 1990, about 35% of the global population lived in poverty. By 2019, that percentage had decreased to 8.4%. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, that percentage increased to 9.3% by 2020.
- The proportion of undernourished people in the world dropped to a historic low of roughly 8% in 2015.
However, the pandemic caused this percentage to increase to 9.8% in 2021.
- The global under-5 mortality rate has dropped by 61%.
The global under-5 mortality rate has dropped from 93 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 38 in 2019, a 59% decrease.
Humanitarian responses assist people affected by disasters due to natural hazards, armed conflict, or other human-made causes. The humanitarian imperative guides humanitarian NGOs to save lives and reduce human suffering wherever it happens. They operate in accordance with the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence, which safeguard the integrity of their purpose to save lives, while furthering the safety and security of aid workers and affected populations.