Where The Poor People Are


A new report from Andy Sumner at the Center for Global Development looks at the fact that thanks to economic growth in some poor countries, most poor people now live in middle-income states rather than poor ones. Specifically:

This is a reminder that if I ran American foreign policy, I’d be constantly asking “what can the United States do to help poor people in India?” That’s an area where the potential humanitarian gains are gigantic and where there’s strategic value in reenforcing cultural and political affinities with India. Somewhere at the nexus of interests and ideals is the fact that India vs China in economic performance is kind of a proving ground for liberal democracy.