Departmental Papers (SPP)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

7-1-2010

Publication Source

Social Indicators Research

Volume

98

Start Page

363

Last Page

402

DOI

10.1007/s11205-009-9550-6

Abstract

World social development has arrived at a critical turning point. Economically advanced nations have made significant progress toward meeting the basic needs of their populations; however, the majority of developing countries have not. Problems of rapid population growth, failing economies, famine, environmental devastation, majority-minority group conflicts, increasing militarization, among others, are pushing many developing nations toward the brink of social chaos. This paper focuses on worldwide development trends for the 40-year period 1970-2009. Particular attention is given to the disparities in development that exist between the world’s “rich” and “poor” countries as well as the global forces that sustain these disparities. The paper also discusses more recent positive trends occurring within the world’s “socially least developed countries” (SLDCs), especially those located in Africa and Asia, in reducing poverty and in promoting improved quality of life for increasing numbers of their populations.

Copyright/Permission Statement

The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-009-9550-6.

Keywords

Development, social development, economic development, sustainable development, so¬cial transformation, social indicators, social progress, international, comparative.

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Date Posted: 13 February 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.