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Rapid Population growth is the only explanation for poverty. Discuss

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Rapid Population growth is the only explanation for poverty. Discuss Rapid population growth is only a factor causing poverty and this is only in certain circumstances, unfortunately these circumstances are not rare. Other factors such as debt repayments, war and sanctions and unfair trade rules imposed by western powers also affect the amount of poverty that is to be found within a country. Rapid population growth can play a very large part in reducing a countries population to poverty. This is especially found in countries with very little resources or with low levels technology. If a country has no resources it has nothing the outside world wants. Also if a country has no resources it has nothing to support its population with. This may not be the case in countries that have developed very high levels of technology, such as Japan. Japan is an example of a country with very small resources but with very high technology levels. High levels of technology mean that there is a higher likelihood of more efficient agricultural techniques being developed. On the other hands there may be a country that has valuable resources but it does not have the technology required to exploit these. For example, Nigeria is one of the world's poorest countries, they however are sitting on large oil reserves. ...read more.

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It does not go deep enough in the respect that the HICP so far does not cancel all debt. The 22 of the 41 countries that have completed the first stage are getting their annual debt service (the amount they pay) reduced by an average of one quarter. This is freeing up new resources to fight poverty, but it will still leaves these countries spending more on debt than they currently spend on health. HIPC includes potentially 41 countries, though in practice only around 30-35 are expected to qualify. Some of the world's poorest countries, which also have huge debt, are not even being considered for debt cancellation. For example Nigeria houses one in five of the population of Africa and it owes $30 billion and is scheduled to pay $1.5 billion this year. Nigeria is not considered to be a HICP. There are too many conditions that are devised by the World Bank and the IMF in Washington, often ignoring the real circumstances in the countries concerned. These slow down the HIPC process, which can take from four to six years to complete. The HIPC has however done some good; money that was previously tied up in debt repayment has now become available for other things. ...read more.

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The allies realised it made sense to rebuild a stable Germany. This is because a stable Germany meant peace and prosperity in Europe. The levels of debt that were agreed as affordable for Germany are only figures that today's post-war countries in Africa can only dream of. Why is the same reasoning not applied to countries such as Iraq, Mozambique, Angola, Rwanda and other post war poor countries? Would it not be reasonable to assume that a prosperous third world would mean a prosperous global economy? These questions can only be answered by the rich nations and public banks (WO and IMF). They can afford to write off this debt. We now see that rapid population growth only plays a role in the explanation for poverty. To fully explain the causes of poverty everything has got to be taken into account. There is no way that anyone can say that this factor causes this as there are many effects that each factor has. Under different conditions there will be different effects. Then the effects of unfair trade regulations and war have got to be taken into account. Debt repayment is probably the boulder that needs to be removed before any progress can be made in any attempt to lift people out of extreme poverty. If this is removed then more money can be redirected back to alleviate the poverty of the people of the world. ?? ?? ?? ?? Amin Maskeen 13T ...read more.

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