Factfulness – Data to surprise you

Development, Equipping
Factfulness How many people will there be in the world in 2100 compared to now? How many babies are born per woman in different regions of the world? What percentage of relevant aged girls are enrolled in primary school worldwide? What is the average life expectancy across the world – 50, 60 or 70? To find the answers to these and many more questions I urge you to watch The Data Lecture by Hans Rosling. He does not present the data as dry figures but relates them strongly to life issues facing real people. Gapminder In recent years Hans Rosling has revolutionised data analysis and their presentation related to social statistics. He is widely accepted as an authority. On his website www.Gapminder.org he presents data of the wealth and health of all the nations of…
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Book: Africa – Altered states, ordinary miracles

Africa, Books, Equipping, Poor
Here is a book to request as a Christmas present! It would be naïve to think of ‘African culture’ as homogeneous. Nevertheless, in this substantial book (600+ pages) Richard Dowden, former Africa editor for the Economist, draws from three decades of personal experience to examine several cultural issues which are manifest in many African countries in a way that I found enlightening. He then considers specifics related to fourteen nations from different parts of the continent. Maps To remind the reader of the size of Africa the first few pages show diagrams with substantial nations – The United States of America, China, India – superimposed on the outline of Africa. Each seems relatively small compared to Africa and these serve as a reminder of the danger of over simplification when trying…
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