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Questions and StoriesCategory: QuestionsWhy Is Africa Called 3rd World?
Kenneth Ogbonnaya asked 4 months ago
jackso replied 3 months 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 3 months 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Yes, Indeed the the phrase 3rd world is outdated.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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Nnaemeka Victor answered 4 months ago

Simply put, Africa is underdeveloped

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Eli Davis Keinamura answered 4 months 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

kenndy4reality replied 3 months ago

Confirm bro

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Edward Duffy answered 4 months 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.

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Male answered 4 months ago

Is underdeveloped.

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Gareth White answered 3 months 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

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Edward Duffy answered 3 months 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.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 3 months ago

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

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Ahmad Khasan answered 3 months 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.

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 months 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 .

Birembero4 replied 3 months ago

Name some nations in Africa which is in the list of developed economies.

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Gareth White answered 3 months 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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Jackson Mugarura answered 3 months ago

My second opinion, probably everything in Africa move at a slower pace than anywhere alse I n the world. Can you imagine, we’re still experiencing coup d’etat, we have many governments led by dictators claiming to practice democracy.

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David Matlala answered 3 months ago

It’s because most of the underdeveloped countries are found in Africa.

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Eli Davis Keinamura answered 3 months ago

Technologically,one may say Africa is Third world because the machines we use in African industries are all imported from outside Africa

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 months ago

Africa is called Tird World because of his Low socioeconomic developpemental indicators. This indicator are the combination of gross national income, Human assets (Nutrition, life expectancy, secondary school education,), Adult literacy and economic vulnerability(population size, merchandise export concentration, agriculture, export, and Natural disaster preparedness.
It’s also include many countries in Asia, Latin America, and Oceania.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 3 months ago

Africa remain 3rd world, reasons are so many.
1,Unemployment rate. 
2,illiteracy rate
3,poverty rate
4,Inequality
Crown it all is politically dereaed . Africa is worst than 3rd world. 3rd is an understatement.

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David Matlala answered 3 months ago

Our continent lags far behind everybody else. Our leaders are not even bothered by all this because they belong to the same “old boys club” , making the same mistakes again and again. In fact, we should be called the 4th world.

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Nnaemeka Victor answered 3 months ago

SLOW ECONOMIC GROWTH RATE AND OVER-DEPENDENCE ON OTHER CONTINENTS FOR VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING ESPECIALLY ASIA.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 3 months ago

Africa is 3rd world because of the level of environmental development..

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Leno Jean Pierre answered 3 months ago

The definition of the third world country has evolved from the political meaning during the Cold War to the economic meaning of today. Today’s meaning refers to countries that are in financial trouble and need help from others countries to keep their economy sustainable at least for a short time.

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Kenneth Ogbonnaya answered 3 months ago

Africa is called 3rd world because because of our taught.

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Nnaemeka Victor answered 3 months ago

Besides the visible causes. The major cause is Africa’s mentality.

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Ahmad Khasan answered 3 months ago

I agree with you Kenneth & Victor. I think the primary reason why a country is underdeveloped is because the quality of the human resources. That is why developing countries must invest first in the education and health system. In Indonesia, the constitution mandated that the government must allocate at least 20% of our national budget for education, and they do it. 
 
Of course it will be of greatest help if the people of a country are self aware and do whatever it takes to improve their personal quality, their mental and physical fitness, as well as their way of thinking.

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adharad answered 1 month ago

If I search on google, nature in Africa is very diverse and still maintained.

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