All posts tagged: Economic development

The Causes of Poverty (42): Slavery

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causes of poverty / economics / poverty

At least in Africa, part of the explanation of poverty is the enduring effect of slavery: Slavery, according to historical accounts, played an important role in Africa‚Äôs underdevelopment. It fostered ethnic fractionalisation and undermined effective states. The largest numbers of slaves were taken from areas that were the most underdeveloped politically at the end of the 19th century and are the most ethnically fragmented today. Recent research suggests that without the slave trades, 72% of […]

Human Rights Maps (109): Malaria

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data / health / human rights maps / poverty

(source) (source, click image to enlarge) Each year, there are around 350-500 million new cases of malaria, killing between one and three million people, the majority of whom are young children in sub-Saharan Africa. Ninety percent of malaria-related deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is commonly associated with poverty – a human rights violations – and can indeed be a cause of poverty and a major hindrance to economic development. And here’s a reminder that […]