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comparative development" Australia, Malaysia and Namibia

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Comparative Development - Australia, Malaysia and Namibia By William Howes The concept of development is the idea of how advanced something is. This includes how advanced the technology is, what state the economy is in, the Human Development Index - birth rate, death rate, population growth, and other things. This piece will explore the concept of development by looking at three countries, each in different stages of development with the HDI, or Human Development Index- Australia, Malaysia and Namibia. The criteria which I have chosen are these: population growth, the number of people living in cities, number of people per doctor, birth rate, death rate, infant mortality rate, life expectancy, literacy rates, and GDP (Goss Domestic Product) per capita. I chose these criteria because I think they cover a wide range of data which will effectively tell me which countries are or are not developed and why. ...read more.

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Australia has a far larger GDP than both Malaysia and Nigeria, showing that there are more higher-paying jobs because the cities are more developed. It also relates to the population because Australia has very few people for a country of its size. Malaysia, although it has a smaller GDP per capita than Australia, still has more than Nigeria, again indicating that it is more developed than Nigeria. Australia, with 91% of its people living in cities, compared to Malaysia or Nigeria, with less than 60%, shows that the vast majority of the jobs in Australia are in the city, and in Malaysia or Namibia more of the jobs are outside the cities in the country. Australia is one of the most inhospitable countries, so there is relatively little crop farming. ...read more.

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In Namibia the life expectancy is very low (41) because it is less developed so there are less affordable hospitals and health services. Malaysia has a higher life expectancy (71), which shows it is more developed, but less than Australia (80) because Australia is a highly developed country with good health services. Finally there is the literacy rate. Australia has a very high literacy rate (99%), but Namibia and Malaysia have lower literacy rates, showing that they are less developed in that area because the educational standards are lower. Australia is a highly developed country. Namibia is a not very developed country. Malaysia is somewhere in between. Australia and Malaysia are more developed than Namibia because of their geographical position. They are in the open, while Namibia is on the other side of Africa, so the technologies and ideals that contribute towards development in today's societies reached Namibia later, so it has had less time to develop. ...read more.

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