This item includes a chart that helps with the fine detail of mapping the general global move up the economic S curve that has so rocked all the global economy. The only countries not actively participating in a rush to build a healthy middle class economy are out two perennial communist regimes of
Cuba and . However, catch up in both will be extraordinarily fast once the system changes. They both have a prepared population. North Korea
Unprepared populations are still proceeding in a positive direction and the numbers are accelerating. Even rejectionist societies such as those of Islam are finding sufficient active players to establish some growth. Everywhere else, folks are discovering micro banking and similar ideas to build with.
In a century, I suspect that we will largely see true poverty off, if not a great deal sooner. But just seeing these trends to completion will do it all.
Recall in these statistics that every twenty years brings a complete new generation far better prepared that the past generation. That is the natural super juice in this picture. A bright young boy discovers a way out of the slum and his whole family is uplifted.
MAY 11, 2010
China and India have lifted at least 125 million out of slums between 1990 and 2010.
* 227 million people in the world have moved out of slum conditions since 2000 but at the same time 55 million new slum dwellers were added
* the number of people living in slums rose from 777 million in 2000 to 830 million in 2010. Unless urgent steps are taken, UN-HABITAT warned, that number could rise to 900 million in 2020 (Since there was net migration out the increase is from births inside slums)
State of the World's Cities 2010/2011 - Cities for All: Bridging the Urban Divide (UN report)
* the top 25 cities accounted for roughly 15% of the world’s GDP in 2005. This share increases to around one-quarter of the world’s GDP when the top 100 cities are included
* In India and China, the five largest cities were about 15% of national GDP in 2004, which was roughly three times what could have been expected based solely on their relative shares of the population