‘How To End Poverty in 15 years’ Hans Rosling – BBC News


15 years from now, nobody will still be living in extreme poverty anywhere in the world – that’s the pledge being made by President Obama and the Pope. Eradicating global poverty in a single generation is the number one ambition to be announced at this weekend’s Sustainable Development Summit in New York. But is it possible? Find out from the eminent statistician Professor Hans Rosling in ‘Don’t Panic, How to End Poverty in 15 Years’ on, Wednesday, 23 September at 8pm on BBC Two. In Professor Rosling’s words, “Watch the programme and you will learn a lot”.

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  1. Another nice one there Hans, thanks for reminding us again of that old chestnut "lies, damned lies and statistics". 
    Interestingly though, the trend on his "people in extreme poverty" graph is almost identical to a graph where the y-axis is replaced by "total [insert name of any undomesticated large animal] population"! sigh of despair

  2. This is delusional. Although poverty rates have come down, the number of people living in extreme poverty has actually risen, as you can see the size of the triangles increase. Moreover, this not even takes into account the inflation rate and hence the reduced purchasing power, which changes the definition of the parameters of extreme poverty, showing that the progress to curtail poverty is not that great after all! A lot needs to be done, we are moving towards more poverty!!

  3. extreme poverty in times of crisis would always be in increase. so then the question changed from "how to prevent a crisis while it actually be an unevitability" to "how to reduce the impact and the time of crisis". but we can see now that big crisis is incoming and the little ones are sprouting a lot more often as we are about to enjoy the show.

  4. The end of poverty? Halving hunger failed: At the 1996 World Food Summit in Rome, Italy, leaders from 186 countries pledged to reduce the number of hungry people in the world by half no later than the year 2015 and the hunger should be conquered to 2025. The destination already seems missed today.

  5. There are limitations to anything. Western Civilization has reduced poverty but if Western Civilization recedes, then this guy is just wasting his breath. Certain cultures will never evolve – this guy would never admit that

  6. What Mr. Rosling fails to see is that even as we have become very efficient in the production of goods, the factors affecting the distribution of income and wealth have not changed. The result is that today every society (including the Chinese) is dominated by rentier interests. If you do not believe this to be true, examine the statistics published by former World Bank economist Joseph Stiglitz.

  7. Poverty can never be ended as long as money is there. It is the rich who creates the poverty. You cannot become rich without stealing from the others. It is always win-lose.
    Take a look at the poverty chapter here https://theoryofsouls.wordpress.com/ Poverty is not extreme, or basic; it is the wealth gap. $1000 a day will keep you in poverty, if every body around you has billion dollars.

  8. It seems to me he is mixing a lot of apples and oranges. What does he call poverty? He seems to relate back to the 1800's simply based on income. It is more complicated than that. Does he think there is any poverty in USA? You could make $30,000 a year and still be in poverty, because you must control prices as well as income to end poverty. You could make $100,000 a year and still be in poverty, if you don't control prices. Only the government can end poverty and it must control wages and prices to do it and it must provide jobs for all who can not get hired in the private sector.

  9. @Nick Breen
    Take a look at the end graphic again. Do you see the line for extreme poverty moving to reflect inflation? Neither do I. I'm not saying capitalism does or doesn't work, what I'm saying is this presentation isn't that strong as proof either way.