Hans Rosling on how to end poverty in 15 years


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 09 October 2015
  • Copyright: Image appears courtesy of Getty Images

Hans Rosling has made another programme for the BBC, entitled 'Don't Panic - How to End Poverty in 15 Years' which is currently available here and will be on BBC Two this Sunday at 6pm.

During the summer, the United Nations released a list of goals to tackle extreme poverty. Don't Panic - How to End Poverty in 15 Years examines at the number one goal for the world: 'Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1.25 a day'.

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The leading statistician uses holographic projection technology to wield his now famous bubble graphs and income mountains to present an upbeat assessment of our ability to achieve that goal by 2030. 'Rosling brings to life the global challenge, interweaving powerful statistics with dramatic human stories from Africa and Asia. In Malawi, the rains have failed as Dunstar and Jenet harvest their maize. How many hunger months will they face when it runs out? In Cambodia, Srey Mao is about to give birth to twins but one is upside-down. She's had to borrow money to pay the medical bills. Might this happy event throw her family back into extreme poverty?' (BBC Two, This World).

The data show that recent global progress is 'the greatest story of our time - possibly the greatest story in all of human history'. Hans concludes by showing us how eradicating poverty will be easier done quickly than slowly. Don't Panic - How To End Poverty In 15 Years follows Rosling's previous award-winning BBC productions Don't Panic - The Truth About Population and The Joy Of Stats.

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