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Discuss the importance of development issues and the indicators which influence views about an areas state of development.

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  • Submitted: 05/04/2004
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Discuss the importance of development issues and the indicators which influence views about an areas state of development

Development is defined in the dictionary as "to make or become larger" or "to make usable or profitable". The level of development can be measured using a range of physical, social and cultural indicators. These allow us to use a figure to compare different countries and they also give us an idea about what the country is like economically, socially and even environmentally. However, there are limitations in using these indicators as they cannot take into account specific contributory factors within a country and they also allow us to assume what a country is like without experiencing it for ourselves. In what follows I will discuss the different development indicators and judgements made resulting from these.

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is probably the most widely used indicator. It represents the value of all goods and services produced within a country, usually measured in US dollars and calculated per capita to make comparisons between different countries easier. If the GDP for a country is high this suggests that it has many productive industries producing goods and services such as

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