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To what extent does the dependency theory of underdevelopment explain Africas backwardness?

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  • Essay length: 703 words
  • Submitted: 07/12/2012
  • Awarding body: CCEA (for GCSEs)
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University Degree Human & Social Geography

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UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM

INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES.

SEMINAR PRESENTATION; DS 101.

GROUP THREE

DATE: November, 2012

PARTCIPANTS: 1. SANGA, ALPHA 2012-04-03087

2. EVANCE, ISSA 2012-04-02936

3. KIYUMBI, FRANCIS S 2012-04-02759

4. MPEMBENI, MBONEA 2012-04-02762

QUESTION;

To what extent does the dependency theory of underdevelopment explain Africaâs backwardness?

According to the question above,first we have to discuss and expound some terminologies

which are Dependency theory,Underdevelopment and Backwardness.

DEPENDENCY & DEPENDENCY THEORY

Dependency is a conditioning situation in which the economies of one group of countries are conditioned by development and expansion of others. Dos Santos (1970) argues that dependency is a condition whereby the expansion of one country is a reflection of the otherâs expansion. Dependency school includes Furtado, Frank, Graffin, Sunkel, Dos Santos, Szentes, and others. Dependency theorists are concerned with the relationship between developed and developing countries, They argue that developing countries are incapable of following an alternative path because their decisions are conditioned by the developed countries.

There are three common features to these definitions which most

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