It is difficult to imagine how the world will look in thirty years because it could take so many different routes, but looking into the past is a good indicator of what is to come.
Just under forty years ago computers became available to the public, however the mainstream use of computers and the internet happened a lot more recently than that. It changed the way the world interacted. Now you can easily maintain constant interaction with someone on the other side of the world. This allows the general public to see outside of the bubble we live in and be exposed to what we cannot see in our own little worlds. Hence, there was in increase in awareness on issues in the developing world because people could now see and hear what was happening for themselves, without actually being there, through the wider communication network. Now, in the next 30 years so in 2046, in my eyes at least, the way we relate to people with completely different lives to us and living in completely different places to us will become different in that we may feel more connected, and less like they are in a separate world to us through the progression of technology which will lessen the distance between people.
In America in 2014, it was recorded there was an all-time high in charity donations over the previous 60 years with an estimated $358.38 billion going to charity (Giving USA, 2015). This reflects the way people are becoming increasingly aware of life and worlds different to their own, and if my thoughts on technology progressing so that developed countries see more of developing countries, this number may continue to rise as people feel less cut off from people in need of help, therefore feel more compassion and are more likely to donate.
The number of people living in poverty has halved between 1990 and 2010 with the amount of people living on less than $1.25 per day falling from 47% to 22% (United Nations Population Fund, 2014). If this continued at this rate, by 2043, poverty could be at around just 10%. Now, I understand that this is a very difficult process, and although I may be thought of as naively optimistic, I don’t believe it is impossible.
Over the past 30 years there has been a large population growth. This displays a decrease in deaths from disease and less mothers and babies dying during childbirth which has dropped by 47 per cent since 1994 (United Nations Population Fund, 2014). Between 1994 and 2014 the world’s population grew from 5.66 billion to 7.24 billion, however the population is growing at a slower rate than it has previously thanks to women having family planning options now worldwide; nonetheless at this rate, the global population may reach 9.55 billion by 2050 (United Nations Population Fund, 2014), which is worrying when thinking about the distribution of wealth and resources.
Essentially what I’m trying to say is that this world and the people living in it are incredibly resistant, and regardless of how much terrible things happen, which this year admittedly seems like every day there is a new disaster, the world deals with and moves on. That is what development is about, dealing with what we have, and trying to turn it into something better.
Giving USA. 2015. Giving USA: Americans Donated an Estimated $358.38 Billion to Charity in 2014; Highest Total in Report’s 60-year History. [Online]. [Accessed 19 December 2016]. Available from: https://givingusa.org/giving-usa-2015-press-release-giving-usa-americans-donated-an-estimated-358-38-billion-to-charity-in-2014-highest-total-in-reports-60-year-history/
Health-E News. 2014. Shots in the dark? Vaccinations in South Africa. [Online]. [Accessed 19 December 2016]. Available from: https://www.health-e.org.za/2014/03/10/shots-dark-vaccines-south-africa/
United Nations Population Fund. 2014. How Has the World Changed in the Last 20 Years?. [Online]. [Accessed 19 December 2016]. Available from: http://www.unfpa.org/news/how-has-world-changed-last-20-years