Our Commitment


Ecuador is a country of great social, cultural and geographical diversity. Inequality and exclusion dominate the social and economic framework, hampering sustainable and inclusive growth. More than half the Ecuadorian population lives in poverty or is vulnerable to falling below the poverty line. Young children, women and indigenous populations are most affected by poverty and malnutrition, despite the classification of Ecuador as a “lower middle income country”. In nine of the 24 provinces of Ecuador, the prevalence of chronic malnutrition in children under 5 ranges from 30% to more than 40%. Ecuador continues to be affected by the negative spillover effects of the prolonged armed conflict in Colombia, putting pressure on social services, programmes and cohesion. The country is also prone to natural disasters and climate change. (Sources: UNICEF 2016; UNDP 2016)

total population (thousands)
GNI per capita
Life expectancy at birth
76 years
Human Development Index
88 (out of 188)
Under-5 mortality rate
Primary school net enrolment
Adult HIV prevalence (% of the population)
People of all ages living with HIV (thousands)
improved access to safe water (% of the population)
moderate-severe underweight (% children under-5)

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