A new thread to highlight what I see as the key issues in this election, that we need to check that candidates have viable solutions for them. I hope to make this thread more graphic - so expect charts and data and less text. The aim of this thread to encourage us to focus on issues and how the next President could help address them - the first issue is poverty.
Poverty rates in rural and urban areas, 1991-2006Despite robust and increasingly broad-based growth in recent years, aggregate poverty rates under MMD have declined only slightly and remain high. According to the household survey in 2006, 64 percent of our people remain poor. Poverty rates remain highest in rural areas (80 percent) where two-thirds of our population resides. This implies that the vast majority of the poor (72 percent) live in rural areas. Other measures of well-being paint a disturbing picture including increasing child malnutrition over the 1990s (since MMD assumed the mantle), high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, and lowest life expectancy in the world in 2007.