Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hans Rosling's New Insights on Poverty

1 comment:

  1. If you enjoyed this video, Rosling has a website called Gapminder that lets you create custom data sets just like this! Here's the link:

    The chart he draws at the end of the clip comparing the "means" and "goals" of development particularly caught my attention. Rosling argues that human rights is one of the greatest goals of development, but that it factors little into the "means" category. I agree with him to a certain extent. However, if development is measured according to the UN's Human Development Index (HDI), then enforcing the socioeconomic type of human rights could boost a country's ranking on the HDI. The HDI takes into account average years of education attained by the population, life expectancy at birth, and gross national income. If education and standards of living were taken seriously as fundamental human rights, most likely there would be progress for the corresponding indicators, which would increase overall "development."


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