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The World Guide, 11th edition: Global reference, country by country

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“A highly recommended reference book that gives readers a unique opportunity to see what the world looks like ‘from the South.’”—WorldViews Resource Center, Michigan

“An impressive reference source.”—The Times (London)

Drawing on United Nations’ and other mainstream data, The World Guide includes all the facts, history, and political and economic analysis you would find in a conventional reference work. But it is unique in also offering information on the issues central to the ...

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Overview

“A highly recommended reference book that gives readers a unique opportunity to see what the world looks like ‘from the South.’”—WorldViews Resource Center, Michigan

“An impressive reference source.”—The Times (London)

Drawing on United Nations’ and other mainstream data, The World Guide includes all the facts, history, and political and economic analysis you would find in a conventional reference work. But it is unique in also offering information on the issues central to the lives of people in the Southern Hemisphere, such as child health, literacy, maternal mortality, and land use.

The World Guide is written by the Third World Institute in Uruguay, using research from across the countries of the South. With a clear, country-by-country format, it is the most accessible work of reference for specific country studies, comparative studies, and travel research.

Key features include:

  • Up-to-date information on all countries of the world, including East Timor, Palestine, Somaliland, West Papua, and Western Sahara
  • Clear, easy-to-use, two-color layout
  • In Focus box, which gives at-a-glance information on each country’s human rights, indigenous peoples, health, education, and HIV/AIDS prevalence
  • Twenty-five new reports on topical global issues, such as the arms trade, HIV/AIDS, forced labor, climate change, and human rights
  • The World in Figures—a comprehensive section of data and statistics on child health, literacy, maternal mortality, land use, public expenditure, and other issues
  • More than twenty tables of factual information on food, education, arms, population, women in government, corruption, debt, employment, and the environment.
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Meet the Author


Amir Hamed is co-editor of the World Guide and works for the Instituto del Tercer Mundo (Third World Institute), a non-profit institution dedicated to information, communication and education, based in Uruguay Chris Brazier has been a co-editor of New Internationalist magazine since 1984. His previous publications include Vietnam: The Price of Peace and (as editor) Raging Against the Machine. Since 2001 he has also been principal writer for UNICEF's The State of the World's Children report.
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Table of Contents


How to read The World Guide/Contents     4
Preface   Roberto Bissio     15
Staff/Acknowledgements     16
Section I
Global issues: Hopes and fears     17
The world according to...: The World Bank, UN Development Program and UNICEF     60
Non-governmental organizations/campaigns     61
Section II
Countries: History, society, politics, environment and main issues country by country     65
Bibliography     585
Index     587
Section III
The whole world in figures: All the countries; their main statistics     593
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