Seven Big Ways Life Is Getting Better for the World’s Poorest

There’s still too much misery in the developing world, but things are improving faster than you probably think.
Jun 30, 2014· 0 MIN READ
Vince Beiser has reported from more than two dozen countries for Wired, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, and others. In 2014 he won the Media for Liberty Award.

All over the developing world, poverty and disease are being beaten back like never before. Thanks to the explosive economic growth of India, China, and other once-impoverished countries, the development of cheap and effective health care technologies, and better understanding of what it takes to boost living standards, the last two decades have seen historically unprecedented gains in health, education, and nutrition all around the world.

For starters, as the interactive map below shows, the number of kids who die before reaching age five each year fell by nearly half between 1990 and 2012, plummeting from 12.6 million to 6.6 million. For more amazing progress, check out the ready-for-sharing infographics below.

Keeping the Hive Alive

Less Hunger


better sanitation

Fewer mothers dying

more education