Regional Disparities in Levels of Development in AfricaJournal: International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) (Vol.3, No. 6)
Publication Date: 2014-06-15
Authors : Nazifi Umar;
Page : 250-260
Keywords : Development; Development indicators; Response to development; Regional disparity.;
"ABSTRACT It is a common human attitude to ask why things varied with one another, be it natural or artificial. Apart from asking why things varied for aesthetic reasons, geographers became able to make that variability a reasonable concept that will help to inform backward places to attempt to prosper and change for the better. Africa appears to be very unique continent in social, economic and cultural norms, this is due to the fact that many consider the continent very backward economically, unstable socially and diverse culturally. Economy appears to be the most important indices used as an indicator to explain the level of development of a country or continent because it is seen more visible than any other thing else is seen. Albeit, other development indicators tend to be more important than the mere mercenary hike. Africa is a vast continent that took the position of being second largest continent in terms of landmass and population. Human, mineral, cultural and other form of resources made the continent highly potential to growth and development. Unfortunately, still Africa is the most backward and least develop continent all over the world. To counter backwardness African state’s governments, regional organizations and continental unions device different measures to bring changes in their economic, social, technological, cultural and many other welfare motives. These development measures encounter many hindrances from religious and cultural heritages of the Africans, the consequence of which is either drag or total elimination of the development. Actually there will be nowhere on the earth that is not affected by development to some extent, only to say somewhere is more developed than somewhere else. Africa is one of the places that one may say it is less developed than other places. Response to development in Africa is by far varied also from one place to another within the continent. To be able to decipher how variability took place among places data has to be taken, analysis should be conducted, calculation has to be there, maps has to be made, Tables would be drafted and explanation make everything clear. Regions of Africa portray a pattern of development from those that can be described as relatively developed to those that are far backward. Countries also follow the same pattern with some at the top and others below. This research collate data and follow different statistical rules to draw out the pattern of development in Africa, at state and regional level. "
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