Difference between developed and developing countries

What exactly is the difference between the developments of different countries?? What makes a country poor and a country rich. Is it due to mankind existing there or something else? Or by nature Well starting by defining the words 'poor and 'rich'. Do you mean rich in culture? Or do you mean that the country has a very strong economy and a high standard of living? I believe, every country is neither developed nor developing. Neither rich nor poor. I can say that my country is rich with good people and good culture, but poor with technology.

Developed countries:
Post developed countries are those economies which have been developed in terms of resources and economic conditions. These include economies from the global north such as Germany, Britain, France, United States of America etc. Developing economies are those economies which are striving to come out of their social, economic and political crisis. They currently lack what developed economies owe such as political stability, strong economic indicators, free market system, democracy etc. The developing economies include economies of global south or rapidly emerging economies such as India, China, Brazil, and Turkey etc. These economies have greater chances to become stronger in coming future. However underdeveloped countries are usually referred to third world countries which are in worse conditions as compared to the developing and developed countries. These economies lack political stability, face military intervention, very high poverty line, greater unemployment, greater default risks and greater economic problems. These are some things and the factors which differentiate between a developed and developing country and economy.

Factors of Developed country:

Good economy, Good infrastructure, Good employment, Better standard of living, Army to list a few.

Underdeveloped countries :
Underdeveloped countries usually have a large percentage of the population engaged subsistence agriculture or working on large plantations. Subsistence agriculture is raising crops for family use with little, if any, of the crop sold. Underdeveloped countries, a small percentage of the population are engaged in manufacturing and industry. Developed countries usually have a large percentage of the population engaged in manufacturing and industry. A very small percentage of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture.

Factors of Developing country:
The above qualities only to a smaller extent. Even in developing countries there are cases where one moves at a rapid pace to get Developed country recognition (China) and the other which moves at a snail pace to get the same (India).

What makes a country developed and developing?
1) Population. 2) Poor Planning. 3) Inefficient government. I think it's not very wise to label a country as undeveloped or developed, since development is something very subjective. It depends on the time instant and criteria used to measure it. Often the label of underdeveloped country is applied to countries which are poor, defining poor country as country which doesn't have enough economical resources to sustain it selves. But, is it right to say a country is underdeveloped only because this reason? I think not, because a country may be very rich but it could have a really corrupt government which spends irrationally the money of the taxpayers, or a political class accustomed to steal fortunes to the state.

Maybe being 'developed' or 'underdeveloped' just depends on having or not a balance between government corruption and economical income. West Africa as underdeveloped countries and how is the globalization is going on there? And the culture and the economics there. This is also which tells about the difference between the developed and developing countries West Africa is a huge area, with a number of countries, and an even larger number of different peoples living there, so it is an impossible task to look for a single culture or economical set-up. It's a bit like asking what is Europe's culture and economics - there is a huge variation. A multitude of peoples, languages, religions, cultures, governments.... Those engaged in agriculture raise crops to sell products. This type of agriculture is called commercial agriculture. Development refers primarily to infrastructure and industry. That is, developed nations have well established and maintained travel capacity (roads, trains, airports, shipping), power supplies, telecommunications, water, agriculture and education systems, sufficient to support their population. They also have an industry sufficient to sustain that infrastructure. Of course, industry and infrastructure are symbiotic - both need each other. Industry requires infrastructure to operate, and infrastructure requires capital to be maintained and expanded.


A developing country normally has comparatively low level of affluence and more unemployment rate. In developing countries, there is low per capita income, poverty, less education level and low capital formation. Such countries are fighting to get these things, but might not have reached them. These countries are usually suffered from war, disease, poverty, natural disasters, etc. The developed/advanced countries have developed economies. They have technological improvements, excellent roads, a steady government etc. This level of economic development usually translates into a High GDP per capita (average income), Good education, and Good health.


The underdevelopment of the third world is marked by a number of common traits; distorted and highly dependent economies devoted to producing primary products for the developed world and to provide markets for their finished goods; traditional, rural social structures; high population growth; and widespread poverty. Nevertheless, the third world is sharply differentiated, for it includes countries on various levels of economic development. And despite the poverty of the countryside and the urban shantytowns, the ruling elites of most third world countries are wealthy. This combination of conditions in Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America is linked to the absorption of the third world into the international capitalist economy, by way of conquest or indirect domination. The main economic consequence of Western domination was the creation, for the first time in history, of a world market. By setting up throughout the third world sub-

economies linked to the West, and by introducing other modern institutions, industrial capitalism disrupted traditional economies and, indeed, societies. This disruption led to underdevelopment.

Because the economies of underdeveloped countries have been geared to the needs of industrialized countries, they often comprise only a few modern economic activities, such as mining or the cultivation of plantation crops. Control over these activities has often remained in the hands of large foreign firms. The prices of third world products are usually determined by large buyers in the economically dominant countries of the West, and trade with the West provides almost all the third world's income. Throughout the colonial period, outright exploitation severely limited the accumulation of capital within the foreign-dominated countries. Even after decolonization (in the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's, the economies of the third world developed slowly, or not at all, owing largely to the deterioration of the "terms of trade"-the relation between the cost of the goods a nation must import from abroad and its income from the exports it sends to foreign countries. Terms of trade are said to deteriorate when the cost of imports rises faster than income from exports. Since buyers in the industrialized countries determined the prices of most products involved in international trade, the worsening position of the third world was scarcely surprising. Only the oil-producing countries (after 1973) succeeded in escaping the effects of Western, domination of the world economy. No study of the third world could hope to assess its future prospects without taking into account population growth. In 1980, the earth's population was estimated at 4.4 billion, 72 percent of it in the third world, and it seemed likely to reach 6.2 billion, 80 percent of it in the third world, at the close of the century. This population explosion in the third world will surely prevent any substantial improvements in living standards there as well as threaten people in stagnant economies with worsening poverty. Role in World Politics:

The Bandung conference, in 1955, was the beginning of the political emergence of the third world. Two nations whose social and economic systems were sharply opposed-China and India-played a major role in promoting that conference and in changing the relation between the third world and the industrial countries, capitalist and Communist. As a result of de-colonialization, the United Nations, at first numerically dominated by European countries and countries of European origin, was gradually transformed into something of a third world forum. With increasing urgency, the problem of underdevelopment then became the focus of a permanent, although essentially academic, debate. Despite that debate, the unity of the third world remains hypothetical, expressed mainly from the platforms of international conferences.

The outstanding difference is
Under developing countries focus on the developing techniques to improve living standard, huge employment rate. And development is common problem of developing countries. While, in case of developed countries growth is their common problem and they focus on to control growth and to allocate more resources and to stable their developed state and also try to maintain and increase their GDP.

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