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What are the problems facing Third World countries?

''The main problem begins with money and the economy. Governments only get money from two sources, borrow or tax. 3rd world counties do not have high GDP (Gross Domestic Product=total value of all goods and services produced in a country) to tax. They also do not have the stability or security to borrow like larger nations do. All they can do is print more worthless currency, which drives up inflation, and nobody can afford anything

Another is lack of agriculture equipment, technology and infrastructure. You can have vast, fertile land. But if you do not have the ability to plant, harvest in a well managed environment, your crop potential decreases. What you do produce, must be shipped into the processing areas, and then distributed to the population. With out trucks, roads, and rail, that cannot be done efficiently.

They are also very vulnerable to government collapses or overthrows. Many larger nations choose to control the country, to buffer themselves from their enemies. or establish a foothold near enemy territory. The population is generally very poor, and unhappy. That makes revolutions easy and common. When a government is vulnerable and unstable, long term goals and wealth creation are impossible to achieve.''

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    May 8 2013: Remove corruption from any third world country and it will prosper within a generation.
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    May 12 2013: Education and health, in my opinion. Coming from a third world country like the Philippines, it has a lot of potential but corruption, poverty, education and health need to be addressed.
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      May 15 2013: Hi Gail,You said it all.We need strong political will
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      May 9 2013: Hi ZX,I strongly agree with your view.Those are the main issues that must be address for the continent to move forward.
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        May 9 2013: Substitute the word "planet" for "continent".
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          May 9 2013: Hi Edward, You are perfectly correct.
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      May 9 2013: Right on, ZX! We Americans could use the same in our nation.
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    Jun 3 2013: I used to answer that question with "Education"

    But as someone who's living in a third world country, in the middle east, and a 2 years old revolution(also not our first!).
    Our problem is: Fear and Forgetting.
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      Jun 4 2013: Hi Amgad,
      I agree with you on that aspect.It is not surprising to know that most people of third world especially those of sub-Sahara are lively people and believe change cannot be achieved in the continent through a revolution.
  • May 15 2013: Food, health, sanitation, shelter and water are the basic necessities to survive, and yet are constant struggles to provide in 3rd world countries. I feel overtly grateful for the items I take for granted daily when I think of my own existence, and the fact that I struggle for none. Money is not an issue other than the corruption that influences it. We live in a wealthy world and can afford to rebuild it a few times over if we had to.

    All of which are being implemented, designed and developed for those in need in the modern world now and rapidly. Most of the children today in Africa whom are fortunate to receive an education in most cases will never use a desktop computer. Education, communication, information and networking can all happen simultaneously now with the use of smart phones, tablets and laptops. Reporting crime and violence, requesting medical advice, ordering agricultural supplies, and organizing small business or family budgets can all be done with relative ease today.

    Watch Bono's Ted talk which made me cry and the 2013 TED winner talk on education and believe me there is hope.
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      May 15 2013: Hi Joseph,it seem there is no hope because of the unwillingness of our leadership
      • May 15 2013: Ngie,

        I hear you and know what you are worried and concerned about. I am afraid your situation may need a M.L.K. or a Mandela sized personality to draw attention to the plight in your country, with enough charisma to present answers to challenges for people to partake and become involved in the solution.

        You may be that person, for your people and for your country. You have to begin enlisting people and resources to make a dent, in order to make a difference. Corrupt bureaucracy is tough to change, however, with people like yourself, it can and will be changed. I wish you the best and will try and keep tabs when you post in the future, or if something comes to mind that may help facilitate with matters you are facing. Later.
  • May 8 2013: There are always problems, but good leadership always helps. Discipline can go a long way.
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    May 8 2013: The first problem is ignorance, guys like YOU need to fix that.

    Second you has to create a rule of law, this is going to be hard, see the above

    Third look into Kiva
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    Jun 3 2013: Problems facing third world

    Greedy, powerful and corrupt leaders. ruling over

    Voiceless and timid majority.

    Rest every factor is secondary.
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      Jun 4 2013: Greetings Adesh,
      You said it all. My question is, for how long are we going to remain in this situation?
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        Jun 4 2013: Till the majority becomes fearless.
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          Jun 4 2013: I hope one day that will happen
  • Jun 3 2013: Hi Nije,

    Greetings from India !

    As I can see from wikipedia, Cameroon seems to have a great GDP(per person), high GINI score, etc.

    I couldn't stop comparing your country with mine. We faced similar problems around 60 years ago when our country got independence from the british. After looting in every possible way, they were forced to leave our country due to our independence movement. My point here is that if we can, why can't you ?

    To become a developed nation, every country follows a path through PRIMARY SECTOR - agricuture, fishing, mining, etc.

    SECONDARY SECTOR - Production of goods, manufacturing.

    TERTIARY/SERVICE SECTOR - Japan seems to be the best example. A highly developed nation, destroyed by natural/man made calamities and rebuilds again on its own. It doesn't have minerals of its own, it imports raw materials and produces finished goods, soil is so fragile that water level is, I think, few feet deep but managed to erect world's tallest towers and so on.

    Once a country gets its military might, no other country dares to challenge it. This requires great and honest leaders who are determined to protect the country from intruders.

    As far as raising the capital is concerned, Opening an economy gives a much needed foreign investment into the country.

    Again, agriculture is not capital intensive here(in India) as labour is cheaply available and does not require much capital to start.(opposite of the US agricuture where it is capital intensive - more land, less people)

    In the end, people HAVE TO BELIEVE in their government. In a true democracy, no government can sustain the wrath of its people.
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      Jun 4 2013: Greetings Tayal,
      As you rightly mentioned that for Developing countries like mine to perform that magic it'' requires great and honest leaders who are determined to protect the country from intruders''. This is the major problem most developing countries are facing.
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    May 9 2013: In response to the many problems facing the continent,among which have been highlighted above,the leaders are unwilling to address these issues.For instance ,we have good laws such as declaration of assets by all public officials when taking office and when leaving office.Despite the fact that these laws are in the constitution ,the leaders repeatedly violate these laws.What can be done out of the context of the will of the leadership?we also have to understand here that elections results are already known in the continent before voting even begins.This scenario has cause the local population to exit from politics.