1.3 billion people (over a fifth of the world's population) live below the
international poverty line of $1/day and a further 1.6 billion (another
quarter of the world's population) survive on between one and two dollars In
the latter half of the 1990s, one third of the world's willing to work
population was either unemployed or underemployed, the worse situation since
In 1960 the combined incomes of the richest fifth of the world's population
were 30 times greater than the poorest fifth. By 1991 it was over 60 times
and in 1998, 78 times as high.
In 1997, the under 5 mortality rate in industrialised countries was 8/1000
live births. In 1997, the under 5 mortality rate in developing countries was
169/1000 live births In 1993 there were 244 doctors per 100,000 people in the
first world In 1993 there were 13 doctors per 100,000 people in the third
world In 1997, 41% of the total Third World population had no access to safe
In 1997, 57% of the people living in the Third World had no access to
sanitation In 1997, 40% of all Third World children under the age of 5 were
underweight or starving.
In 1996 the average daily intake of calories in the
Third World was 2090 cal, unchanged since 1970. About 840 million people
worldwide are now malnourished.
One in seven children of primary school age
is out of school globally.
In 1997, external debt payments made-up 92.3% of
the GDP of countries of low development
Source: United Nations Development