NEWS via StarTribune: In Africa, hopes that surging population will drive growth are overblown

March 15, 2014 // 2 Comments

How unusual is Africa’s demography? U.N. estimates of slowing birth rates predicted an economic surge, but trends have fallen short, as have manufacturing and private investment. If you refer to Algeria and Tunisia in the north and Botswana and South Africa in the south, you may answer: not that unusual. In the early 1960s those nations had fertility rates of between 5.5 and 7.5, about the same as rates in Brazil, China, Indonesia and Mexico at the time. Now, all of those countries’ fertility rates are between 1.5 and 3.0. The main difference is that the Asian and Latin American nations saw their fertility decline at a fairly steady pace over the past 50 years, whereas the African ones saw a sharp decline beginning in the mid-1980s. In a recent study, demographers Jean-Pierre Guengant and John May say the north and south of the continent are exceptions. Most of Africa is catching up too little, too late. The result is that the continent’s overall population will rise sharply, [...]

NEWS vía GlobalPost: Latin America: The Cost of Murder

January 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

The effects that crime, violence, and the homicide rate have on Latin America is a model for the rest of the world. The loss of GDP due to a loss of a work force is starting to have an effect on countries in the form of a lost TAX BASE which can lead to decaying INFRASTRUCTURE and social programs. A increasing adult MORTALITY RATE leaves orphans without families and ultimately guidance for their futures. Coupled with political corruption, there is little hope for the trend to change any time soon. -The Human Imprint  ▇ ▅ █ ▅ ▇ ▂ ▃ ▁ ▁ ▅ ▃ ▅ ▅ ▄ ▅ ▇ ▇ ▅ █ ▅ ▇ ▂ ▃ ▁ ▁ ▅ ▃ ▅ ▅ ▄ ▅ ▇ ▇ ▅ █ ▅ ▇ ▂ ▃ ▁ Latin America: The cost of murder Simeon Tegel, January 18, 2014 06:01 Editor’s note: Warning — this article contains graphic images. LIMA, Peru — Dreams of a better life randomly shattered forever by a stranger’s bullet. Homeless orphans sucked into violent crime. Entire neighborhoods where the [...]

NEWS: UN: 6.6 Million Children Under 5 Died Last Year – ABC News

September 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

UN: 6.6 Million Children Under 5 Died Last Year LAGOS, Nigeria September 13, 2013 (AP) By CARLEY PETESCH Associated Press Childhood death rates around the world have halved since 1990 but an estimated 6.6 million children under the age of 5 still died last year, the U.N. children’s agency said Friday. Nearly half of all children who die are in five countries: Nigeria, Congo, India, Pakistan and China, it said in a report. “Progress can and must be made,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF’s executive director. “When concerted action, sound strategies, adequate resources and strong political will are harnessed in support of child and maternal survival, dramatic reductions in child mortality aren’t just feasible, they are morally imperative.” The top killers are malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea, the report said, taking the lives of about 6,000 children under age 5 daily. A lack of nutrition contributes to almost half of these deaths, the U.N. said. [...]
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