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UN report shows middle-class boom in the global south

Countries in the "global south" are growing more prosperous and possess more than half of the world's middle-class population, says the United Nation Development Programme's 2013 Human Development report. Brazil, Chile and Mexico are leaders in policy, markets and innovation, while data from the report show that the U.S.'s ranking has been lowered because of inequality. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (3/14), The Guardian (London)/Datablog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Great @undispatch piece on how budget cuts can severely threaten US global engagement #sequestration"


"[This graph showing findings from the 2013 Human Development Report] underscores the fact that since 2000 there has been unrelenting progress toward making the world a more just and equitable place. ... It may not seem so at times, but we are living in a transformational era in which entire continents are being lifted out of poverty."

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