Africa Journal - What does it take to get out of poverty?


I serendipitously watched a "TED" tech talk by Hans Rosling about the "developing world." The concept is hard to pin down because the reality is that there is a wide spectrum of poverty in the world. Even within a single African nation. Watch the talk here.

Hans presented some interesting axes on which to think about overcoming poverty. In order to create an economic market you need:

  • Schooling for the participants
  • Health for the participants
  • Information
  • Credit (to buy a bike in the picture on the left)
  • Infrastructure

He also presented a variety of ways to think about the concept of "development." You can be developed in any of these and not necessarily the others:

  • Human Rights
  • Environment
  • Government
  • Economic growth
  • Education
  • Health
  • Culture

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