In the News (from guardian.co.uk): “A new report should change the way we look at poverty.
“More poor people live in middle-income countries (MICs) than low income countries (LICs)…. According to Andy Sumner (at the Institute of Development Studies), …today approximately three quarters of the world’s 1.3 billion poor people live in MICs, with the others living in LICs, mostly in Africa.
“Sumner emphasizes the contrast between today’s situation with that of 20 years ago when 93% of the poor people lived in low-income countries. Poor people have obviously not moved. Rather the countries where they live have changed from LICs to MICs….
“The fact that most poor people live in countries that have taken off economically means we need to find a new way of helping the poor in these MICs, and that means focusing on poor people not just poor countries….
“The world needs to find new ways to help other countries respond to persistent poverty and increasing inequality. The era of aid as we know it is ending. Let’s hope that a new era of cooperative development takes its place.”
My Comment: The tendency is striking but explainable. The fact is that earlier, the world was egoistic, linear: Direct egoism ruled everything. But gradually, our world is becoming integral, and hence in the places where it is more egoistic, different from the new integral system of nature, the disparity between the rich and the poor has greater contrast, and the number of poor is growing. And this will continue until society becomes integral and equalizes itself through social struggle.