fertility control key to development

Topics: Human Development Index, Demography, Caribbean Pages: 4 (1539 words) Published: February 6, 2014
“Modern contraception was born out of the momentum of the demographic explosion that characterized the twentieth century…and is already evident in the industrialized West, but it about to explode in the developing world too.” (Benagiano, G. et. al, 2004). The Caribbean has been progressing: socially, economically and industrially. It is evident however, that in examining the demographic, economic, industrial and social nature of the countries in the Caribbean that some are developing at a faster rate than some. It is the intention of the writer of this essay to critically assess the above statement, by making reference to the demographic and socio-economic features of both Barbados and Jamaica to highlight that although fertility control is not an independent variable in the development of these societies, it ensures development by limiting the quantity of natural, finance and other resources to be spent on the economically inactive. In order to talk about how ‘developed’ a country is, it is important to first outline what is a ‘developed country’. “The term developed country is used to describe countries that have a high level of development according to some criteria…one such economic criteria is income per capita; countries with a high domestic product (GDP) per capita…another economic criterion is industrialization; countries in which the tertiary and quaternary sectors of industry dominate…another measure the Human Development Index (HDI), ( which combines an economic measure, national income with other measure, indices for life expectancy and education)…this criterion would define developed countries as those with a very high HDI rating.”(Source:http//www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Developed_country.html) Following this definition, a country in the Caribbean that comes close to be defined as ‘developed’ is Barbados. Barbados steps ahead of much of the rest of the Caribbean Basin, including the English-Speaking Caribbean islands in terms of...

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