The really big database on world poverty

The World Bank has an amazing tool which is the window to a big database on poverty numbers. They call it PovcalNet. For almost every country, it has figures for poverty headcount ratio, poverty gap, squared poverty gap, number of poor, and total population. Both the latest and historical data are available. Continue reading The really big database on world poverty

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India and poverty- some basic numbers

India has a lot of people who are called “poor”, take any scale or definition of poverty. The governments agree to this, the World Bank and the UN agree to this, everybody does. But do we know how many are the so called “poor”? Do we know the magnitude of the challenge of eradicating poverty? Do we know where do we stand with respect to rest of the world? The following charts may give some answers to these questions.

All charts are created by the author. The poverty figures are from the World Bank. The India population figures are from the World Bank’s World Development Indicators database; and the world population figures are from GeoHive. Continue reading India and poverty- some basic numbers

80 years of Moscow metro

Love trains? I do, absolutely, selflessly. And Russia happens to be one of my dream travel destinations. How can I not spend a night and a day in one of the trains on the great Trans-Siberian railway? That puts me under compulsion to do my bit in celebrating the 80th anniversary of Moscow’s metro. Continue reading 80 years of Moscow metro