What does 'poverty' mean?

Here are some key facts about world poverty.

Key facts about world povertyUN, 2012

Poverty can be defined in different ways, mostly depending on where you live in the world.

Relative poverty relates to what a particular society considers to be poor, eg someone in the UK might be considered to be relatively poor if they live on less than the average UK income.

Absolute poverty is when someone does not have access to basic human needs such as water, clothing, education and shelter. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children around the world die each day due to poverty.