Maybe We Should Focus on Poor People, not Poor Countries

Just because a country graduates to "middle income" status, doesn't mean things are going well for all (or even most) of its people.

A recent post in the Guardian’sPoverty Matters” blog touched upon an important idea: That we should focus on poor people, not just poor countries.

When the World Bank carried out its annual reclassification in July, Senegal, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen all graduated to middle-income status – countries that have reached the US$1,000 or so GDP [per capita] threshold.

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