UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

"The Plundered Planet and The Bottom Billion: Why the mismanagement of nature matters for the world’s most vulnerable

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AUTHOR Paul Collier, Oxford University and UNICEF
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TYPE Other
DATE 2010
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

Who and where are the world’s most vulnerable?

For over forty years the development challenge has been a rich world of one billion people facing a poor world of five billion people. This way of conceptualizing development, however, has become outdated, as about 80% of the five billion live in countries that are indeed developing, often at amazing speed. The real challenge of development is that there is a group of 58 countries, mostly in Africa and Central Asia that amount to a population of about one billion people that is falling behind. Most people in these countries are extremely vulnerable: average life expectancy is fifty years, whereas in other developing countries it is sixty-seven years; infant mortality is 14%, whereas in the other developing countries it is 4%; the proportion of children with symptoms of long-term malnutrition is 36%, against 20% for other developing countries.


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