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Africa’s unimportance in the world economy
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Log per capita income
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No data Africa left out of Global Health: Life expectancy (red below 58, blue above 74, yellow in between)
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Africa left out of world Internet
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Africa left out of global electrification (satellite photo of Earth at night)
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Africa left out of world air routes (except South Africa)
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Africa left out of world sea transport (except South Africa)
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Celebrities help spread concern for Africa, but also stereotypes
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Media “Disaster pornography” (Alex de Waal) Television producer in Somalia in 1992-93 said to Somali doctor: “pick the children who are most severely malnourished” to be photographed A British photographer took staged photos of “sleek gunmen” on jeeps mounted with heavy machine guns at same time in Somalia
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Unformatted text preview: • Helped trigger U.S. intervention that did not turn out well Overstating disasters in Africa • NGOs make “habitual inflation of estimates of expected deaths. ‘One million dead by Christmas’ … has been heard every year since 1968 and has never been remotely close to the truth.” (Alex de Waal) (from USAID collection of aid photos) Portrayal of children common in aid accounts • David Rieff: “There are two groups of people who like to be photographed with children: dictators and aid officials” Development: Infant mortality today in Africa like that in history of rich countries Percent without primary education (log) Percent without primary education Percent with clean water Percent without clean water (log base 2 scale)...
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course ECON GA.3001.1. taught by Professor Williameasterly during the Fall '11 term at NYU.

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