Such a different development context

The poverty in rural central Asia is so different than the poverty I witnessed in rural Madagascar.  Sure, this area of the world deals with an array of other problems, not least of which is the opium trade or the vulnerability to extremism.  And I’m not so naïve as to compare a rural with an urban context.  But the basic infrastructure which exists here surpasses anything that I saw in mid-sized African or Indian towns.  I think the largest difference is the low population density.  Despite a growth rate of over 300 % in some regions of the Pamirs, the population density is still very low (3.5 per km2).

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