Ok, I'm starting this thread on a topic that I started discussing in the "Is everything wrong with America?" thread, where it didn't really belong.
Anyway, as everyone should know there is an enormous gap between the richest and the poorest nations in the world. Most of the poorer nations were once colonial nations. Latin America has gotten a lot better in the last decades. Much of Eastern Asia has also gotten a lot richer, China and India specifically are becoming economic giants. The former Soviet Union states are partially already in the EU, the Asian ones have also experienced economic growth.
What I'm really talking about here is Africa. Africa is the only continent that is getting continuously poorer, so it cannot be assumed that the problems there will solve themselves.
The problems I'm talking about are generally well known: inefficient production resulting in incapability to compete economically, lack of funds, know-how, and infrastructure to build a functioning economy, widespread crime, corrupt governments, ethnic, social and religious tension often resulting in (civil) wars, and ultimately starvation and poverty, not to mention soaring AIDS and other epidemic rates, etc. etc.
So what do you think can be done in these countries, both by the countries themselves and the rest of the world?
I believe an important step is all national debts be stricken, because these hamper economic growth enormously. Also, first-world arms manufacturers most stop all exports to Africa because these are fueling the numerous armed conflicts. All direct exports of agricultural products into Africa must be stopped. This may sound counter productive, but the fact is most Africans are employed in the agricultural sector and cannot compete with cheap imports from Europe or America. Instead, technology for proper irrigation and more efficient farming methods should be introduced. Within Africa, the various governments need to spend less money on the military (which in some case makes up a whopping 50% of the national budget) and more money on building a functioning infrastructure, especially medical and educational, and fighting corruption. Also, I think the idea of a United Africa should be pursued further, tighter economic cooperation would benefit the whole continent and give weaker states a better chance of surviving economically.
Italicised no more
14th August 2004
IF it were an ideal world, I'd suggest a system similar to communism. Redistribute the wealth (to solve the rich/poor divide), have some sort of central planning so agriculture can start producing surplus (rather than isolated communitites struggling to scratch a living for themselves), and get everyone else developing the industry.
However, in the real world that would have almost no chance of working. So, all debts should be cancelled for a start. Perhaps foreign peacekeepers could attempt to protect the people from armed militias. The transport system should be improved so communitites become less isolated. Some serious money needs to be spent by the first world in developing the medical and educational infrastructure of the third (as Karst said)
If the goverments are overthrown and replaced with democracies, that would allow them to develop
nanobot_swarm;3914394If the goverments are overthrown and replaced with democracies, that would allow them to develop
Many if not most are democracies of some sort. The problem is more of corrupt individuals than undemocratic systems.
oh, I thought they were dictatorships then the democracies need reform
Reforms of what sort?
fix all the flaws that allows the people to be exploited easily
Snipes With Artillery
22nd March 2005
Frankly, I'm a huge fan of the American method of improving a nation(see Western Germany and Japan), I'd say have the UN either back the USA or use the USA's methods and foreign troops to improve the nations. There is a limit to what we can do, but I think if we run the police for a while, ban guns until the region is stable, keep the borders protected while allowing a defense force to train alongside the USA, and build their infrastructure, it could work.
Give a forum to allow them to petition for a redress of grievances, and LISTEN to them.
Your mama on a stick.
28th December 2005
The problem is that a world can not be perfect, there will be no balance. A place where everyone is developed is called utopia. First off, we will need to stop selling guns to one country to go shoot on another one which we don't like, because alot of that is going on. Corporations want in example Africa to be how it is. Cheap labor, and they can exploit everything they want there. And corporations make a rich country's economy, and the politicians want a good economy. So all they will do is bring just enough help so they look good in the other's eyes, but they will not change things funamentally.
I would die without GF
2nd May 2003
There does need to be some give and take, but I don't see why the world can't be more equalized. Minimize corruption and things'll get better.