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The great global power transformation

Human Development Report on the rise of the South

The rise of the South is radically reshaping the world of the 21st century, with developing nations driving economic growth, lifting hundreds of millions of people from poverty, and propelling billions more into a new global middle class, according to the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) 2013 Human Development Report (HDR). But multidimensional poverty remains a major problem, it warns. A WDEV summary by Carla September


Never in history, the report contends, have the living conditions and prospects of so many people changed so dramatically and so fast. This phenomenon goes well beyond the so-called BRICs, middle income countries often represented by Brazil, Russia, India and China, the report with the title “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World” stresses (see reference). “The South as a whole is driving global economic growth and societal change for the first time in centuries,” say the authors, who provide a detailed look at this fast-changing world ...

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A landscape of change
Proactive developmental states, new paradigms
Facing challenges, sustaining momentum
New resources, new opportunities, new institutions: A new South Commission

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