‘Countries at Very Low Levels of Economic Development Face Such Huge Challenges That They Cannot Hope to Address Them Without Assistance from the Rest of the World’. to What Extent Do You Agree with This View?

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‘Countries at very low levels of economic development face such huge challenges that they cannot hope to address them without assistance from the rest of the world’. To what extent do you agree with this view?

The UN classifies a country as a LDC if it meets the three criteria, low income (three year average income of less than US $750), human resource weakness and economic vulnerability (instability of imports, exports, agricultural production etc.). There are 49 LDCs in the world, 33 are in Africa, 15 in Asia and the Pacific and 1 in Latin America. The UN describes them as ‘the poorest and most economically weak of the developing countries with formidable economic, institutional and human resource problems which are compounded by
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The problems are not just economic, they also face social problems. Social problems can include things such as education and gender equality. These problems are just as big as the economic ones.
Other problems are political ones such as unstable governments, if a government is unstable and is constantly changing leaders not much will get done to help the country prosper. Another problem with the government could be that they are corrupt, this means that they will not try to help there people but only themselves, they can do this by taking aid sent to help those in need and not distributing it correctly.
These countries also have demographic problems, this would be high infant mortality rate and low life expectancy, if a country a is having health problems causing the population to be unhealthy they are not going to have a good work force which will stop them from being able to develop. A lot of this is down to disease such as HIV/AIDS, where they do not receive the medication they need nor are they taught about it to help prevent the spreading of it in the first place.
The first approach to LDCs developing is through Aid, aid is developed countries or NGOs giving recourses to countries in need to try and help them with their issues and hopefully to help them develop. There are many different types of aid such as short term aid, long term projects, bilateral aid and many more. Aid is seen most significantly when a

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