6 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty

Where we are

According to the last national MDG assessment in 2008, the living conditions of Libyan families are varied and have altered, in past years, as a consequence of changes in family needs and preferences. This demanded that new national poverty lines are developed, to determine the number of families suffering from poverty, particularly within the context of an expanding and diversifying economy.

In addition, past (pre-revolution) policies were aimed at reducing disparaties between different geographical regions in Libya, which was to be reflected in the improving living conditions of families in remote areas. This did not however, imply the non-existence of low-income families. Nevertheless, the proportion of families living below the absolute poverty line has decreased from 20% in 1992 to 12.6% in 2002-2003.

UNDP´s Work in Libya

In light of the most-recent political change in Libya and the subsequent national (re)prioritizing by the newly elected Government of Libya, as well as the mentioned validity concerns of previous MDG data and indicators, UNDP is reviewing and re-aligning its MDG-related programming. As a result, revised targets will be published in this section of the website.

Targets for MDG1
  1. Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day between 1990 and 2015
    • Proportion of population below $1 (PPP) per day
    • Poverty gap ratio (incidence of poverty multiplied by the depth of poverty)
    • Share of poorest quintile in national consumption
  2. Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
    • Prevalence of underweight children under five-years of age
    • Proportion of population below minimum level of dietary energy consumption