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Arab Human Development Report 2002

01-01-2003

The first Arab States' Report acknowledges that Arab countries have made substantial progress over the past three decades.
Life expectancy has increased by 15 years; mortality rates for children under five years of age have fallen by about two thirds; adult literacy has almost doubled, reflecting large increases in gross educational enrollments.
Yet it is obvious that Arab countries have not developed as quickly as comparable nations in other regions.
Indeed, more than half of Arab women are.
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