World World Poverty, Starvation & Illiteracy at All-Time Lows - The Sky is Rising

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In a recent piece for CapX, my colleague Chelsea Follett wrote about the declining rates of absolute poverty. This data is, indeed, encouraging, but rising income is only one way to measure the improving state of humanity – let’s not forget the other indicators.

Because when it comes to nutrition, life expectancy, infant and child mortality rates, and education, great progress is being made throughout the world. That is especially true of poor countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, absolute improvements in human well-being are taking place, while the quality-of-life gap with the rest of the world is also being narrowed.

According to the latest data, the share of humanity living on less than $1.90 per person per day, adjusted for purchasing power, shrunk from 42.2 per cent in 1981 to 10.7 percent in 2013 (the last year for which data is available). That’s a reduction of 75 per cent over a comparatively short period of 32 years. According to researchers at the Brookings Institution, “Poverty reduction of this magnitude is unparalleled in history: never before have so many people been lifted out of poverty over such a brief period of time."

This fall in extreme poverty is all the more remarkable considering that the world’s population rose by 59 per cent over the same time period. Far from being a problem, as was once believed, this growing population has gone hand in hand with increased prosperity. Specialisation and trade, or globalisation, ensured that an increase in the world’s population translated to an increase in the world’s productivity. As such, real average per capita income also rose by 59 per cent between 1981 and 2013.

The greatest reduction in extreme poverty happened in East Asia (from 81 per cent to 3.7 per cent) and South Asia (from 55 per cent to 15 per cent). The data for sub-Saharan Africa is incomplete. In 1990, it is estimated, 54 per cent of people lived there in absolute poverty. Poverty peaked at 59 per cent in 1993. Since then, it has fallen to 41 per cent. So, in terms of absolute poverty reduction, sub-Saharan Africa is a laggard. But, on other measures of human well-being, sub-Saharan Africa outperforms the world average.

The world’s daily calorific intake per person, for example, has increased from an average of 2,550 in 1981 to 2,850 in 2013 – a 12 per cent increase. In sub-Saharan Africa, the caloric intake increased from 2,138 to 2,448 over the same time period. That’s a 15 per cent increase. To put these figures in perspective, the US Department of Agriculture recommends that moderately active adult men consume between 2,200 and 2,800 calories a day and moderately active women consume between 1,800 and 2,000 calories a day.

Between 1981 and 2015, global life expectancy rose from 63.2 years to 71.9 years – a remarkable 12 per cent jump that is, undoubtedly, connected to rising incomes and, consequently, improved nutrition. In sub-Saharan Africa, life expectancy rose from 48.5 years to 59.9 years. That’s a 24 per cent improvement (ie, twice the global average). The spread of HIV/AIDS, which threatened to decimate the African population, has been arrested in large part due to the generosity of British and American taxpayers, who subsidise the distribution of anti-retroviral drugs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Let’s now turn to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, which measure human progress over a shorter period of time. According to the UN, the infant mortality rate dropped from 64.8 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 30.5 in 2016. That’s a 53 per cent reduction. In sub-Saharan Africa, it fell from 108 to 53 – a 51 per cent reduction. Over the same time period, the mortality rate for children under five years of age declined from 93.4 per 1,000 to 40.8 per 1,000. That’s a reduction of 56 per cent. But in sub-Saharan Africa, the decline was even more dramatic – from 180 per 1,000 to 78 per 1,000 (ie, 57 per cent).

Enrollment at all education levels is up. Globally, the primary school completion rate rose from 80 per cent in 1981 to 90 per cent in 2015 – a 13 per cent improvement. In sub-Saharan Africa it rose from 55 per cent to 69 per cent over the same time period – a 26 per cent improvement (ie, twice the global average).

The lower secondary school completion rate in the world rose from 53 per cent in 1986 to 77 per cent in 2015 – that’s a 42 per cent increase. In sub-Saharan Africa it rose from 22 per cent to 42 per cent – a 91 per cent improvement (ie, more than twice the global average).

Between 1981 and 2014, the share of the global and sub-Saharan African population enrolled in tertiary educational institutions rose from 13 per cent and 2 per cent to 36 per cent and 9 per cent respectively. Once again, improvement in sub-Saharan Africa was greater (350 per cent ) than was the case with regard to the global average (177 per cent).

October 17 was the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. And, indeed, there was much to celebrate. Absolute poverty has been drastically reduced in much of the developing world. But even in places where absolute poverty persists at unacceptable levels, such as sub-Saharan Africa, much progress is being made in other areas of human well-being. In fact, the world’s poorest region is catching up with the world average at a very fast pace.
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It's funny, isn't it? If you pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV, you'd think that the sky was falling and everything in the world is crumbling to dust, but if people would just take a step back to look at the world as a whole, they'd see that not only are the Talking Heads just trying to whip them into a panic to generate revenue, they'd realize that everything's not going all that badly. There are things that could be improved, there are things that we should focus on and things that we shouldn't forget to do, but by any nearly metric, humanity isn't doing so bad these days.

@Cosmos This seems like your kind of news.

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True & Honest Fan
Don't want to rain on the parade but material indicators aren't necessarily indicative of the spiritual state of a culture. Lots of empires were doing great financially before they collapsed.
This data is primarily geared towards countries that don't really need to worry about collapsing because they were at the bottom of the barrel to begin with. The only point I'd really want more elaboration on is the one that deals with Asia because while it's technically true that China's made enormous strides to "lift" people out of poverty, that's really only because they lowered the metric for what qualifies as "extreme poverty" so I don't think that really counts.

That doesn't have any bearing on any of the other countries, though, it's just that China's sort of cheating, but... That's China for you.


Rubbing hand intensifies
What can I say? Mainstream media succeeded in dumbing down the general population. I mean supporting for globalism and socialism at the same time is a great idea right without considering the state of economy? I used to think Idiocracy would just be a fictional and cautionary tale but I guess I was naive.

The Last Stand

The Dilettante
True & Honest Fan
This raises two points in my head. On the one hand, the MSM does its best to put their audience in a frenzy of worry and despair. That's what gives them views; it's like watching a train wreck but can't look away. It's psychological, and debatable if they have every detail to a story or focus on one insiginifact part to shape it as they see fit.

On the other hand, the world isn't perfect. People should be aware that some parts of the world are struggling, or in their area. Just flat out ignoring it is just as bad as saying the world is falling apart every day. Chicago would be an example; they show the conditions that urban city is in repeatedly but nothing changed the past few years.

I'm happy to see that the world, in and of itself, isn't in total despair contrary to the headlines. But if you look closely, you would see bad in some sections. I would like to leave with this: sometimes it is better to just unplug from watching the news and trying to keep up. Have some time to focus on your immediate surroundings before getting overwhelmed on how the world is doing.


Cutest commissar this side of the segmentum
This is what I keep saying.

We are living in the most prosperous time in human history in the majority of the world. Even mediocre countries like most of the ones in Latin America are still doing better than how people used to be decades, centuries, and millennia ago.

We would be considered gods/angels/whatever to the people of ancient times. Imagine them seeing a airplane flying around, or the fact you can almost instantaneously speak to someone across the world without having to wait weeks to months for news to arrive.

It used to be that a shit ton of people would die from bacterial infections. Hell the Black Death was caused by a bacteria. Now you have to worry more about cancer than some bacterium eating your ass. (sometimes literally). Though we might have to start worrying again if superbugs come back and phages don't become a viable solution. Especially if exceptional individuals keep going "Its JUST chlamydia" and they are too degenerate to not use condoms on a random stranger.

Also the "lol low IQ niggers" joke might be funny or serious to some, but Africa is growing at a extreme rate. The violent deaths per year are going down, education is going up, and the GDP is steadily gaining in a good chunk of African nations. Hopefully the entire region can become extremely stabilized to the point people stop migrating en masse from the continent so people can finally shut the hell up about it.


Hehe xd
Buzzfeed be like: “Here are 6 reasons why this is bad”
1. Skyrocketing wealth inequality and reduced social mobility in most countries

2. Rise of super corporations

3. Breakdown in the power of nation-states

4. Dictatorships acquire worrisome amounts of global influence

5. Unsustainable in growth in arid countries afflicted by climate change

6. Growth in bureaucracy that will strangle growth

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