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12:59 07/09/2010
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Jubilee Debt Campaign highlights crippling debt in Jamaica

With a GDP of US$7,547 per capita, Jamaica is firmly in the middle income country category according to the World Bank (see previous blog post). Jamaica may not, on the face of it, seem a country in need of VSO programme assistance, with many coupling the island’s image with tourism and… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
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Zambia: a middle income country?

The World Bank announced in a recent annual assessment of poor countries, that Zambia among others, had crossed the threshold to become a middle income country (MIC) because its average gross national income (GNI) surpassed $1,005.

An article in The Guardian, however, approached the assessment with cautious optimism. Its author, Charles… Read more »

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