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  • Christine Chumbler
    Here is a Washington Post clipping you might find of interest ... WHAT ON EARTH? A WEEKLY LOOK AT TRENDS, PEOPLE AND EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD Saturday, July 17,
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      Here is a Washington Post clipping you might find of interest ... WHAT ON EARTH? A WEEKLY LOOK
      AT TRENDS, PEOPLE AND EVENTS
      AROUND THE WORLD

      Saturday, July 17, 1999; Page A13

      The Poorest Getting Poorer

      Globalization -- the free movement of goods, money, people and
      information -- has offered great opportunities to people in industrialized
      countries, but it has marginalized many more in the developing world. With
      global communications playing a growing role, poor countries are likely to
      fall further behind, the annual U.N. Human Development Report predicts.

      In 1985, the average income per person in the richest country was 76
      times as much as that in the poorest; in 1997, it was 288 times.

      Of the 34 countries the United Nations ranks lowest in terms of human
      development, taking into account income, life expectancy and education,
      29 are in Africa.

      The poorest 10 nations of 174 reviewed: (based on personal income
      measured in gross national product per person)

      Congo

      1997 $97

      1985 225

      Sierra Leone

      1997 159

      1985 227

      Burundi

      1997 162

      1985 219

      Malawi

      1997 166

      1985 159

      Ethiopia

      1997 171

      1985 139

      Madagascar

      1997 209

      1985 246

      Chad

      1997 211

      1985 226

      Bangladesh

      1997 218

      1985 278

      Nepal

      1997 219

      1985 165

      Rwanda

      1997 222

      1985 341

      The richest: (based on personal income)

      1. Luxembourg

      1997 $28,010

      1985 17,133

      7. U.S.

      1997 21,541

      1985 18,000

      The richest 20 percent of nations produce 86

      percent of the world's goods and services (GDP);

      the poorest 20 percent produce 1 percent.

      richest 20% 86%

      middle 60% 13

      poorest 20% 1

      Share of exports of goods and services:

      richest 20% 82%

      middle 60% 17

      poorest 20% 1

      SOURCE: U.N. Human Development Report
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