23 January 2010

Statistics and Esperanza

In the course of work, recently, I ran across the following paragraph:

So, what does 107 million underweight children under the age of five really mean? Before you can answer that, make the child come alive. Give her a name. I call mine "Esperanza". It means that little Esperanza has probably gone to bed hungry for each or most of the 1825 nights that she has lived so far. And, there are 107 million Esperanzas in Asia.

  • Rajat M. Nag ( Managing Director General, Asian Development Bank). Graduation ceremony commencement speech at the Asian Institute of Management Master in Development Management Program. 31 July 2009. Full text available here.

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