I have a pretty embarrassing confession to make: I used to believe a lot of these myths.
Much of my initial experience with the developing world came from TV commercials of Westerners asking people to sponsor a child. It's an all too common story for people in my generation. The kids in these ads were always African and always portrayed to be barefoot and helpless. While there's no doubt that the NGO's who crafted these images had good intentions, this picture does not come close to telling the whole story. We're determined to change that.
Below are 27 myths about the developing world. Are there any that surprised you? Let us know in the comments.
1.) There is an agreed upon way to decide what is a developing country
for deciding which countries are considered "developing". The standard of living for a given country can be calculated a dozen different ways with different factors. There is even debate as to whether the term should still be used because it assumes a desire for Western style economic development.
Yes, there are many developing nations in Africa. And yes, most of the myths on this list apply to how people think of Africa. There are developing countries in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. And . This myth feeds into a lot of misconceptions about Africa like...