A middle class has started to establish itself in recent years in many emerging and developing countries. But the successes achieved in the fight against poverty have brought about new challenges.
In the last 15 years more than a billion people worldwide have overcome poverty. Especially in China and India, but also in newly industrializing countries such as Brazil, Vietnam, South Africa, Russia and Lebanon, a middle class has emerged with modest but steadily increasing wealth. These people have become the driving force behind the economic, social and political changes in their countries.
In an interview with Deutsche Welle, Alejandro Guarín from the German Development Institute talks about the political, environmental and social challenges brought about by the rise of this global middle class.