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Mapping the Africa's income and inequality


The now famous "Elephant Chart" of Branko Milanovic looks at the impact of globalization on income and inequality. It shows, as is is eloquently explained in the video below, that the growth in income of the lowest 55% of global earners has significantly improved between 1988 and 2008. So too has the income of the richest 1% of global earners increased by close to 60%. It is the middle income and poorest earners that are in the doldrums with not much more than a 10% increase in their income over the last 20 years.

Income is key to looking at inequality and AfricaScope has been modelling and mapping this data for African countries for more than a decade. Using machine learning algorithms the income data from nationally representative household surveys can be mapped to local levels in several African countries. Knowing how the "elephant" is happening in African countries is critical for the sustainable development of the continent in the future. Geospatial mapping will show at a local level where the best opportunities are for investment and which areas need the assist of governments and the international community.

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