STATE OF THE VILLAGE REPORT - 2014
If the world were a village of only 100 people, there would be:
8 people from Central & South America, Mexico & the Caribbean,
5 from the USA and Canada, and
1 person from Australia or New Zealand
The people of the village would have considerable difficulty communicating:
17 people would speak a Chinese dialect (12 of them Mandarin)
4 people Hindi/Urdu,
This list accounts for less than half the villagers. The others speak (in descending order of frequency) Bengali, Russian, Japanese, Javanese, Lahnda, German, French, and over 7,000 other languages.
In the village there would be:
16 Nonreligious, Agnostics, or Atheists,
6 Folk or traditional religions
1 All other religions (including Judaism, Baha'i, Sikhism, Shintoism,
Taoism, Zoroastrianism, to mention just a few.
In this 100-person community:
51 would live in cities. (footnote #1)
23 would live in substandard housing. (footnote #2)
74 adults (age 15+) live in the village; & 16 of them illiterate. (footnote #3)
14 would suffer from malnutrition. (footnote #4)
11 would not have access to clean, safe drinking water. (footnote # 5)
20 people would not have any electricity. (footnote # 6)
Of the 80 that do have electricity, most would use it only for light at night.
In the village would be 56 radios (footnote # 7), 22 televisions (footnote # 8),
93 mobile phone subscriptions (footnote #9), and 9 computers (footnote # 10)
(some villagers own more than one of each).
40 people are using the Internet. (footnote # 11)
17 people would own an automobile
(some of them more than one).
(footnote # 12)
8 people would possess 83% of the entire village's wealth. (footnote # 13)
The poorest 70% of the people would receive only 3% of the income
of the village. (footnote #14)
1,3 CIA World Factbook, www.cia.gov
4, 12 World Bank, World Development Indicators, http://data.worldbank.org
5 UNICEF, www.unicef.org
6 International Energy Agency, http://www.worldenergyoutlook.org/resources/energydevelopment/accesstoelectricity/
7-11 International Telecommunications Union, www.itu.int
12,13 Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook 2013, https://publications.credit-suisse.com/tasks/render/file/?fileID=BCDB1364-A105-0560-1332EC9100FF5C83
14 Oxfam International, "Working for the Few," Oxfam Briefing Paper, January 20, 2014, p. 9. http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/file_attachments/bp-working-for-few-political-capture-economic-inequality-200114-en_3.pdf
2014 statistics compiled by Population Education www.populationeducation.org
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