Wednesday, July 14, 2010

More Poor In India Than Africa - What Systems Are Being Developed To Make Them Un-Poor?


'More poor' in India than Africa

When I read this story I understood the information that was put forth. I failed to understand the "news" contained within this factoid.

Per my view that "Poverty is the defacto state of man and systems are needed to allow him to express his competencies and thus build up his standard of living" - in as much as they mentioned nothing of this sort I concluded that this was merely a "India sucks more than does Africa when it comes to poverty" story.

Deprivations of:
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Assets 
  • Services
In reading this brief account I am made to wonder if those showing concern for India and the various nations in Africa would even distinguish between these poor souls being made "in receipt of" these deprivations or if they saw the intrinsic necessity to setup a framework by which the organic competencies of the people, operation in regards to directed outcomes - could obtain the standard of living that is agreeable? 

Deprivation
Quick definitions (deprivation)

noun:  act of depriving someone of food or money or rights ("Deprivation of civil rights")
noun:  the disadvantage that results from losing something ("Losing him is no great deprivation")
noun:  a state of extreme poverty


Article from BBC

Eight Indian states account for more poor people than in the 26 poorest African countries combined, a new measure of global poverty has found.

The Indian states, including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, have 421 million "poor" people, the study found.

This is more than the 410 million poor in the poorest African countries, it said.

The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) measures a range of "deprivations" at household levels.

Developed by Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) with UN support, it will feature in the upcoming UNDP Human Development Report.

The measure assess a number of "deprivations" in households - from education to health to assets and services.

"The MPI is like a high resolution lens which reveals a vivid spectrum of challenges facing the poorest households," said OPHI director Dr Sabina Alkire.

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