Defining poverty lines on a global scale implies a universal perspective on what it means to be poor. Unfortunately, this frequently frames the discussion of global poverty solely in comparative terms[a]. It seems shocking that a significant portion of the world is living on less than $1.25 a day, but what does this really mean?
One web project is seeking to shed some light on this question through examining country specific perspectives on what it means to be poor. For instance, Nepal places its national poverty line at an annual per capita income of 12,000 Nepalese rupees; a chunk of buffalo meat displayed on the site costs 33 NPR—one day's wages for someone on the poverty line.
Through photographs and statistics, the project's website examines the choices made every day by people living at the poverty line all over the world. To learn more about the project, check out the blog here.