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Development is how a country makes use of its resources for the people within that country. It's not just about wealth, it's about how that wealth is used in proper measurements to enhance priorities such as education and health. Therefore, development is how a country progresses for the quality of life of its people.
It's not just about money.
Cairo - an example of a LEDC
New York - an example of a MEDC
You can measue a country's development in many ways Some of them include:
1)Life expectancy: is the number of years a new born baby is expected to live. The larger the number, the more developed the country is.
2)Adult literacy rate: is the number of adults that can read and write in the country. The larger the number, the more developed the country is.
It is difficult to measure a country’s development.. “Human Development Index” (HDI) is an easy and widely accepted overall development rate measurement. The HDI unites dealings of life expectancy, literacy, educational attainment, and GDP per capita for countries. Placed above are 2 maps. The one of the left hand side shows the HDI in 2002 and the right hand side one shows the development overtime and the HDI in 2007. The difference we notice is that the 2007 map is more specific. Overtime, new details have been found and therefore changes have been made. However, the difference is not massive.
This graph shows the different levels of progress by continent:
Two things that can lead to lower levels of development
1) War: can lead to material and human destruction which results in the drop in average income and therefore, there is not enough people and money for the country to excel and develop.
2) Natural Diasters: such as floods, drought and other hazards can effect on development. For example- frequent droughts of Africa is one of the obstacles to development in the country.
Two things that can lead to higher levels of development
1) Natural resources: If a country has better natural resources (renewable or non-renewable, land or raw resources such as water, minerals, crude oil etc.) compared to another country, it has higher chances of developing.
2) Quality of people within the country: If a country has educated, healthy people, the country will excel and develop at a much higher rate as compared to a country with uneducated and unhygienic people)
By: Charu Misra 11AC