Interesting book by Paul Collier(2007): "The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It" More information at: Look inside the book at Amazon
The autor: Paul Collier is a distinguish researchers in economic development. Professor of Economics, Oxford University Economics Department and Director of Centre for the Study of African Economies. More information at Oxford University
Links to other comments on the book:How the bottom billion are trapped? By Martin Wolf, Financial Times, May 13 2007.
Terry OBrien "The Bottom Billion: Why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it: Some insights for the Pacific?" Australian document.
Our comments on the poverty billion and what can be done:
Accordingly to World Bank data and our estimations, extreme poverty (less than 2 dollars a day per person) has evolved from 46.81% of World popublation in year 2000 to 41.70% in year 2005. It is a huge percentage of people, and surely more effective policies should help to alliviate this problem. We share the aim to help the poor to have opportunities for a better life, and accordingly to the experience of selected international development studies we insist on the convenience to improve education and labor opportunities in those countries.
Trap 1: Conflict.
Trap 2: Mismanaged dependency on natural resources
Trap 3: Weak quality of governance in small countries
Trap 4. Difficulties for access to large markets (for example lanlocked countries without friendly