The World Bank’s Little Book of Horrors

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The World Bank’s 2008 Little Data Book on Africa (.pdf) might also have been called the Little Book of Horrors. It describes a world of human beings living at the extremes of poverty and at the edge of a precarious existence, particularly children under five years old. I ran some of the data from sub-Saharan countries where there are more than 200 deaths per thousand for under-5-year-olds to try to get some correlations between: – The amounts of aid flowing into a country as a percentage of GDP.– The per capita GDP.– And the number of deaths per thousand for […]


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