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In recent years, the number of people on Earth has grown like never before in history. At the same time, living conditions have greatly improved worldwide. Nevertheless, in absolute terms, a far greater number of people are living in poverty today than they did 100 years ago. The maps on this poster illustrate the worldwide differences in age structure, health, the number of children, and gender equality.

On the reverse side, the poster contains a table with indicators from population, development, economy, education and health for current and former developing countries.



The poster has been published as a part of the awareness raising campaign "Africa’s Demographic Challenges". The publication has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of the publication are the sole responsibility of the partner organisations involved in the campaign and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

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