Archive for March 15th, 2013

15/03/2013

Norway Tops UN Human Development Rankings, Niger Placed Last

Human Wrongs Watch

Norway, Australia and the United States lead this year’s Human Development Report 2013 rankings, the annual United Nations measure of progress in human well-being, while Niger, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Mozambique are at the bottom.

**Credit: Hayden120 and NuclearVacuum | Wikimedia Commons

**Location of Norway, Europe | Credit: Hayden120 and NuclearVacuum | Wikimedia Commons

The new HDI figures, launched on 14 March 2013 in Mexico City by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), combines measures of life expectancy, literacy, school enrolment and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. This year 187 countries and territories were measured.

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15/03/2013

Unprecedented Growth of Developing Countries Radically Reshaping Global System – UN

Human Wrongs Watch

The rapid growth of developing countries is propelling millions out of poverty on an unprecedented scale and radically reshaping the global system, according to a flagship United Nations* report.

Rice fields in Sichuan, China. UN Photo/John Isaac

Rice fields in Sichuan, China. UN Photo/John Isaac

“The rise of the South is unprecedented in its speed and scale,” says the Human Development Report 2013, which uses the term “South” to mean developing countries and “North” to mean developed nations.

“Never in history have the living conditions and prospects of so many people changed so dramatically and so fast.”

Meanwhile, the slowdown in economic growth, austerity measures and rampant unemployment in the industrialized world has brought pressure to bear on governments and societies in the North.

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15/03/2013

Aid for Trade – Does It Help the Poor?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Elizabeth Blunt, London, 12 March 2013 (IRIN*) – Since the World Trade Organization launched its Aid for Trade initiative in 2005, an estimated US$200 billion dollars of development funding has been mobilized for the programme. But some NGOs are asking whether Aid for Trade really helps reduce poverty.

**Photo: FreeFoto.com. Limited impact on poverty | Source: IRIN

**Photo: FreeFoto.com. Limited impact on poverty | Source: IRIN

Two of those NGOs, Traidcraft and the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development, commissioned a study of British and European Aid for Trade assistance, looking at whether the donors have assessed the impacts of these projects on the poor.

The study, carried out by Saana Consulting, points out that the majority of funding goes to middle-income countries rather than low-income countries, and finds little evidence to demonstrate what impact the programmes have had on poverty.

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