Development and the Development Gap

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  • Development is...
    • the ways in which a country seeks to develop economically and to improve economically and to improve the standard of living for inhabitants
    • it is difficult to define - is it a process or a goal?
    • a process that never stops as even 'rich' countries will continue to develop
    • a very EUROCENTRIC idea as we relate development to us - who is to say that we are 'best' way and the 'most developed'
    • a multi-dimensional process determined by economics, technological advances, social and demographic changes, natural resources and politics
    • The Development Gap is...
      • the widening difference in the level of development between the world's poorest and richest countries
      • can occur within countries between regions or rural and urban areas as well as between countries


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