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Newsfile: November 2010

Newsfile aggregates news that might otherwise drop off the horizon about situations affecting humanitarian work and the international situation. It doesn't chase after the most immediate stories which other newsfeeds can offer. Latest items from each region are presented first. To comply with fair-use rules we give only a headline, or enough of the story to explain the headline. All the stories cited are fully detailed. Dollars are U.S. unless stated otherwise.




HDI at 20

The 2010 Human Development Report from the United Nations Development Programme says that over the past 40 years, average life expectancy rose from 59 to 70 years, primary school enrolment grew from 55 to 70%, and per capita income doubled to more than US$10,000.

In its 20th anniversary edition of the Human Development Index, the report says Ethiopia (#11), Cambodia (#15) and Benin (#18), were "top movers", having all made big gains in education and public health rather than income. "Progress is possible even without massive resources."

U.N.D.P. says: "The region with the fastest progress since 1970 is East Asia, led by China and Indonesia. The Arab countries also posted major gains, with 8 of the 20 'top movers'. However, many countries from sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Union lag behind, due to the impact of AIDS, conflict, economic upheaval and other factors."

U.N.D.P. website 4 November 2010

For a critical view, see Time to grow up?


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