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1 Billion People Entered the 21st Century Unable to Read – 10 Facts from an Unequal World

80:20Read an excerpt from 80:20: Development in an Unequal World, edited by Colm Regan, John Dornan and Bertrand Borg.

The excerpt, shared on Development Education, includes an Editor’s Introduction by Colm Regan, as well as a chapter titled “Some ideas for using this book” by contributors Tony Daly and Ciara Regan.

80:20: Development in an Unequal World offers an accessible introduction to the key issues facing human development and human rights worldwide. It explores topics such as human development, sustainability, justice, women’s rights, international inequality patterns, aid, education and ideas about change.

Some facts from 80:20:

Our 80:20 World

  • 1.1 billion people live on less than 1$ per day and 2.7 billion live on less than 2$ per day
  • A few hundred millionaires now own as much wealth as the world’s poorest 2.5 billion people
  • 1% of what the world spends each year on weapons was needed to fund primary school for every child by 2005
  • The richest 50 million people in Europe and North America have the same income as 2.7 billion poor people
  • The 48 poorest countries account for less than 0.4% of global exports
  • 20% of the population in the developed nations now consumes 86% of the world’s goods
  • 12% of the world’s population uses approximately 85% of its water, and this 12% does not live in the Third World
  • Of the 1.9 billion children in the developing world, 1 in 3 are without adequate shelter, 1 in 5 have no access to safe water and 1 in 7 have no access to health services
  • 2.2 million children die each year because they are not immunised
  • Just under 1 billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names

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