Discuss the View That the Caribbean Today Is Underdeveloped and Dependent

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Discuss the view that the Caribbean today is underdeveloped and dependent.

The Caribbean refers to the chain of islands and mainland territories washed by the Caribbean Sea that share a similar historical, social and cultural background. Before one can argue whether or not the Caribbean is underdeveloped, the term development must be inspected. The United Nations defines development the ability to lead healthy lives, to be knowledgeable, access to resources for a decent standard of living and to be able to participate in the life of the community. The dimensions of social development are: social welfare, health, education, housing, urban and rural development and land reform. The HDI of the UNDP combines measurement of per capita
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The main signal of development is education. Education helps people to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to make informed decisions for the benefit of themselves and others, now and in the future, and to act upon these decisions. An educated nation is less likely to suffer from over population as according to the demographic transition theory as a nation develops and reach can advanced stage children are seen as liabilities and thus avoided. Education also provides the country with indigenous ideas for improving economic and social developments in the country. An example can be drawn at random from any Caribbean country to prove this. Trinidad and Tobago is arguably the most developed country in the Caribbean and not coincidentally boasts one of the highest literacy rates in the region at 98.7 percent. Haiti, the most underdeveloped country in the region and has a literacy rate of 62.1 percent. No coincidence for a country to develop and less dependent education.
The health sector is another sore point in the Caribbean and a major hindrance to the Caribbean’s drive for sustainable development. Jamaica in particular has had serious problems with the health care system. A combination of a shortage of medical personnel, health facilities, medicine and surgical equipments has left much wanting among the public. Despite making health care free to the public, there is a major problem of overcrowded

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