Thursday, July 31, 2008

Past 100 years of human development

Hans Rosling is the creator of, a tremendous resource for global statistics, ranging from public health to economic development. I highly recommend checking out the website, but first, watch his Ted Talk below, where he uses the gapfinder visual statistics to explore the past 100 years of development -- keep watching until he makes an excellent point about the distinction between excellent goals and excellent means to those goals (human rights= great goal, bad means; economic development=great means, bad goal). Frames the issue very well. I also like his comments on how every actor in the global development debate thinks *THEIR* area is both the most excellent goal and the most excellent means (e.g., NGO thinks gender rights is tops, health analysts thinks health is tops, etc. etc.)

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