Africa can no longer be called 'poor' overall, but poverty still an issue

Story highlights

  • Poverty is down in two thirds of African countries
  • There are huge disparities in poverty levels across the continent

This story follows our previous reports on access to basic services and the most pressing problems across Africa

(CNN)Poverty in Africa has declined significantly in recent years, showing evidence that the past decade of economic growth has improved the lives of ordinary people.

The findings come from a new report by Afrobarometer, a pan-African, non-partisan research network, which conducted face to face interviews with about 50,000 citizens across 35 African countries.
    The trend is very recent: in roughly four years between consecutive surveys, from 2011 to 2015, "lived poverty" fell in 22 of 33 countries surveyed in both rounds.
      But while the continent can no longer be considered poor overall, poverty is still a