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The most amazing statistics on Development you’ve ever seen….

By Michael Cebon | February 25, 2009

Two absolutely fantastic short talks from Hans Rosling, A professor of global health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute.

The first talk is here (2006), the second one is here (2007).

They were given at successive years of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in California.

What stuck with me most after watching them was that changes in many important indicators of development – in particular child mortality – didn’t have a clear correlation to increasing economic growth or increasing wealth.  China, for example, achieved almost all its 20th century decrease in child mortality during Mao’s reign, when economic growth was stagnant.  After his death, when China opened up, overall wealth increased hugely, but child mortality has not decreased much as a result.

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