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Why Most Third World Countries Fail When it Comes to Planning

January 14, 2014   

We have seen, in many previous posts, that a major problem bedeviling third world countries is that of planning. Simply put, most third world countries fail when it comes to planning. We are trying to understand why that happens.

The first reason as to why most third world countries fail when it comes to planning is because they often lack the necessary statistics for planning. In some of these countries, there is no registration at birth, and neither are death certificates issued: meaning that, in the first place, the countries have no mechanisms for knowing how many of their citizens are alive. In some of these countries, things are so bad that censuses are even ‘rigged.’

The second reason as to why most third world countries fail when it comes to planning is because they often lack skilled manpower (for the planning function). Sometimes you go to the planning ministries’ headquarters, and you realize that the people responsible for Gmail planning at Google (which offers the integrated Gmail.com service) are more than those that some countries have for national planning!

The third reason as to why most third world countries fail when it comes to planning is because they often lack foresighted leaders, who’d have proper appreciation for the importance of planning.