What are Developing Countries?
Developing countries are less economically developed countries. Examples of developing countries include Pakistan, Peru, Rwanda and Bangladesh. Many people in developing countries are facing poverty on a daily basis.
People used to refer to developing countries as ‘third world’ as opposed to ‘first world’ (developed countries). However, we avoid using the term ‘third world’ nowadays as it is no longer accurate or appropriate. I believe that ‘Third world’ is a Western imposition that implies some countries are worth less than others, which is not the case, they are simply at different stages of development.
Top 3 Ways of Helping People in Developing Countries
Here are my top 5 way that you can help developing countries. They are sustainable. They are rewarding. They are possible. They will make a difference.
Oh yes, how fantastic! You can help developing countries by travelling in them. Buy your food from the local market, take cultural tours and stay in their hotels. You are creating jobs and improving the economy by doing this.
By travelling to developing countries you are also learning about their culture. When you come home and share your wonderful experiences with others, this will hopefully have a positive effect on tourist numbers as you encourage more people to go.
Sometimes, doing a whistle stop tour of a city in just 5 days is just not enough. With the rise of voluntourism, you can get to know the local culture, make new friends and make a difference. Time and skills are very valuable commodities.
When you volunteer, be flexible and understand that things might not work in the same way as they do back at home. If you go in with this attitude, you will gain much more from your volunteer project abroad.
Think carefully about where you want to volunteer and who you want to work with. For me, it was about teaching and women’s empowerment. You may have medical skills to offer in a health centre or you might like to work on a conservation project. The possibilities are endless.
3 Give money to Sustainable Projects and Large NGO’s
Tempting as it is to give money out to someone who seems to be in need on the streets, it’s much more effective to give that money to a Charity or NGO (Non-governmental Organisation).
When choosing an NGO to donate to consider the following….
- Does it support projects in the country that you want to support?
- How long has the NGO been running?
- Does it operate on an International scale?
Remember that many smaller and newer projects fail due to unsustainability. You wouldn’t want to invest money only to see it go to waste, would you?
Keep in mind: raising awareness and sharing information can influence and inspire other people to help those facing poverty in developing countries. If you can raise awareness and educate others, you are not alone in making a change in the world.