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Escaping the Slum in Negative Numbers

Posted by edro on March 18, 2010

UN says 230 million people escaped life in the slums since 2000

China and India made “giant strides”in their housing efforts to relocate nearly a quarter of billion people out of the slums, UN Habitat agency reported.

The housing efforts were canceled out, however, by global population growth and the rural migration to cities, the report said.

Here are some of the stats:

  • Total  number of slum dwellers in 2000 were about 777 million
  • Slum dwellers total this year:  827 million
  • Percentage increase:  6.4%
  • World population now: 6,809,167,223 (US Census Bureau)
  • Population increase in the last 12 months:  75,395,78 (US Census Bureau)
  • Percentage increase over the last 12 month: 1.1%

Note: Actual numbers of the slum dwellers are much larger, unless people  could live in decent accommodations on less than $1.25 per day. It appears that the report used the old figures instead of the newer revised figures. “International Comparison Program’s new poverty estimates released in August 2008 show that about 1.4 billion people in the developing world (one in four) were living on less than $1.25 a day in 2005,” World Bank reported.

EDRO estimate for the number of people living on less than$1.25 per day: 2.2 billion (nearly 1 in 3 globally).


A Mumbai slum (India). Image may be subject to copyright.

UN defines a dwelling as a slum if at least one of the five factors below applies:

  • Lacks a permanent structure (see image)
  • More than three people sharing a room
  • Has no access to sufficient, or affordable water. Alternatively, it requires extreme effort to obtain water.
  • No private toilet or a public one shared with a maximum of a dozen or so people.
  • Comes without secure tenure

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The Effective World Population

Posted by feww on January 14, 2008

57 Billion People and Counting…

To the one half of the world who live on less than 2-dollars a day (they receive 300 times less per capita energy than the US citizens) the world must look extremely overpopulated with an effective population of 57 billion! [The EU27 with per capita GDP of $29,900 would account for 21 billion and the United States—per capita GDP of $43,223—for 18 billion of the total effective population.]

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