Standard of Living is the amount of services and goods made available to someone. The Ivory Coast has a relatively low standard of living because they have a low life expectancy, a low per-capita GDP, and a high infant mortality rate. Three things that showed this in my life were my low pay, my children dying, and my many diseases I had. When the French colonized Cote d'Ivoire, they made forced labor ( which lowers the standard of living) and imposed taxes ( which gives people less money for themselves which lowers the standard of living.
One job I had in Cote d' Ivore was being a primary school teacher. GDP means gross domestic products which is the total market value of goods and services coming from a country. The GDP per capita in 2010 was $1,800 US dollars. I made 18,000 CFA francs per month. That means I earned $ 32.8 US dollars per month and lived on $1.09 US dollars per day.
The literacy rate in my country is 61% for males and 39% for females, which is the percent of people who are literate. This shows in my life with the fact that I didn't get to go to college. I went to trade school and did not do well.
When I was younger, I got malaria, a disease spread by mosquitoes. It is a common disease in Cote d'Ivore, with about 85% of kids under 5 contracting it. This disease affects the Ivory Coast economically, because there is little healthcare, therefore people have to pay for it themselves. Malaria netting is one solution to this problem.
My life expectancy in Ivory Coast is 57 (female) compared to 81 (female) in the U.S. One reason for this difference could be the bad standard of living (low literacy rate, high infant mortality rate) Two details in my life are that I have a much lower income than most of the world and owned no t.v.'s. I speak Mahou and am Muslim
Europeans exported slaves from Sierra Leone in the 1600's. In 1787, Britain had helped freed slaves settle in their new colony "Province of Freedom" with the capital of Freetown. In 1930, there were diamonds discovered there. Diamonds were being exported illegally. They gained their freedom in 1967. In 1991, a group called the RUF attacked villages in eastern Sierra Leone because they wanted to take control of the diamond mines. They forced local people the work in the diamond mines, and they often were children. They tried to overthrow the government, and the UN and US tried to intervene, but the RUF took 50 UN peackeepers hostage. THe UN banned the sale of diamonds from Sierra Leone, and they ran out of money and gave up their weapons by 2002. Europeans had started finding the diamonds. This was a resource distribution conflict. Sierra Leone would have a negative net migration because people don't want to be caught in conflict. Countries around Sierra Leone would have a positive net migration because people would want to get out of the conflict.
I wasn't alive during this, but there was a major flood in 1989. It was the second worse of all natural disasters reported in the Ivory Coast! This is somewhat common in the Ivory Coast because it has happened six times. This can affect a country by making citizens trying to find new places to go or live in really bad conditions. It was hard to come back from because about 7,000 people were affected. http://www.preventionweb.net/english/countries/statistics/?cid=42
Due to a referendum, the Ivory Coast gained independence in 1960. They kept close ties with France, economically and with bilateral agreements like a military pact and French Military bases in Cote d'Ivore.
Before colonization of the Ivory Coast, there were four main groups of people (the Senufo, Malinke, Yacouba, and Guéré.) Europeans were interested in this area because of the ivory. They hunted the ivory until the elephant population was almost gone. The Ivory Coast became a French Colony in 1893.