Environmental Economics & Policies; Governance Indicators; Demographics; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Health Economics & Finance
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Summary: This edition of the World Bank Atlas provides an overview of development efforts directed toward alleviating poverty, and highlights countries' key social, economic, and environmental achievements. After an unprecedented increase during the 20th century, global population growth is decelerating. The number of people living in poverty in developing countries has declined in the past 20 years. People are living longer, and enjoying healthier lives. Fewer children under five are dying, and more children are completing primary school. Although much has been achieved, much remains to be done. The maps and charts in the Atlas bring to life the sharp disparities that still exist in the first decade of the 21st century. They show the gaps in income between countries, and the inequalities between the rich and poor within countries. They show the distribution of natural resources, and how countries are using, or misusing these endowments. Data coverage may not be complete because of special circumstances, or because economies are experiencing problems affecting the collection, and reporting of data (such as conflicts). For these reasons, although data are drawn from the sources thought to be most authoritative, they should be construed only as indicating trends, and characterizing major differences among economies, rather than as offering precise quantitative measures of those differences.
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