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kenndy4reality asked 2 weeks ago

Why Is Africa Called 3rd World?

jackso replied 2 days ago

I don’t think Africa is still third world as you have put, that description was for long time ago. I think Africa has outgrown these characteristics, ie low education and the like.

fdk191503 replied 1 day ago

Yes, Indeed the the phrase 3rd world is outdated. If you see in the academic literature, the phrase 3rd world is seldom to be used now. The more popular phrase are developing countries and global south.

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Vicaris answered 2 weeks ago

Simply put, Africa is underdeveloped

Birembero4 answered 2 weeks ago

Third world is a term used to describe political,social and economic levels  of Africa which is characterized by repressive regimes ,general poverty, worst records for political rights and civil liberties, independent organizations and political opposition are banned or suppressed, and fear of retribution for independent thought and action is part of daily life.Poverty is also not left out .The list also includes some countries in Asia and Latin America

Edward Duffy answered 2 weeks ago

It has got a lot to do with the economy of the country and the way of life of the people. There are many factors and I am sure there is a large element of subsistence farming as well and the industries are not as complex as other nations.

Male answered 2 weeks ago

Is underdeveloped. 

Gareth White answered 2 days ago

Generally because it is underdeveloped when compared to other countries/continents. They are also marked by low productivity, disease, high infant mortality, lack of potable water and poor infrastructure. A lot is changing out there though and it has a lot of potential

Edward Duffy answered 2 days ago

I agree gwhite with what you say but the thing that I think will move all the countries forward is if they develop from a tribal culture and to also remove the terror element that has been running rampant in certain nations in recent years. The continent has potential and it needs an ethical organisation/s that will invest and return some of the profit they make back to the people instead of going in there and raping the place of raw materials and leaving the people in poverty.
My thoughts only from an extremely limited understanding but I am sure the issues are way more complex than above.

kenndy4reality answered 2 days ago

I think third world is a result of our thinking capabilities,political leadership and environmental development. 

fdk191503 answered 2 days ago

Third world is a phrase used to represent a region with underdeveloped economy. However, this is an outdated and rather offensive phrase. A better and commonly used phrase are developing countries. Also, there is a term of Global South and Global North to represent the economic development of a region. Global South is a phrase for those of developing countries while the Global North is for those of developed countries.

jeankomaro answered 2 days ago

Because of his Low economy, poor infrastructure, low education ,poverty…. It was underdeveloped continent, but things are not the same now, lot of countries are now among developed countries .

Gareth White answered 2 days ago

The challenge will be getting a democratic leader – they have always been controlled by militants who are not working in the best interest of the masses. Creates a corrupt and unjust system that doesn’t develop because its not in the interest of people in charge for it to develop.

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