Global Perspectives

Facts that explains why development issues is important to the World:
  • More than three-fourths of the world’s people live in developing countries – have 16% of the world’s income.
  • While the richest 20% have 85% of global income!
  • Quarter of the world’s population, 1.3 billion people, live in severe poverty…
  • 1.2 billion people live on less than $1 per day at PPP (purchasing power parity)
  • More than 2.8 billion (almost half of world’s population) live on less than $2 a day
  • Nearly 800 million people do not get enough food, and about 500 million people are chronically malnourished.
  • Of every 1000 births, nearly 100 or more infants die in several African countries and the situation is quite alarming in several countries of Asia and Latin America.
  • More than a third of children in developing countries  are malnourished.
  • In developing countries 160 million pre-school children are underweight.
  • The life expectancy for most of Africa is under 55 years. Compared to the developed world the life expectancy is much lower for South Asia.
  • AIDS has pushed the life expectancy of adult male to under 35 years in several African countries (Sub Shara Africa). Of the world’s 33 million people living with HIV/AIDS more than 93% live in developing countries
  • More than 840 million adults are illiterate – 538 million of them are women
(Source: UNDP, Human Development Report)


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