Over 200 million people in the region lived on less than $1.90 a day and around 1 billion on less than $3.20 a day in 2017. Inequality continues to grow.
Strong growth and social development have led to the region rapidly aging, with important economic and social consequences.
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed around 78 million people back into extreme poverty and created 168 million newly poor people, particularly in South Asia.
Population living on less than $1.90 a day in developing Asia
In 2017, 203 million people lived on less than $.190 a day in developing Asia.
Population aged 65 and older,
From 1950-2050, there are high population numbers that have led to rapid aging in the region.
Number of extremely poor
in developing Asia
Large numbers of people are constantly at risk of falling back into extreme poverty during economic downturns and shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic.