less developed country

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Less Developed Country

A country with lower GDP relative to other countries. Less developed countries are characterized by little industry and sometimes a comparatively high dependence on foreign aid. Less developed countries often undertake programs of development, with greater or lesser interventions on the part of the national governments. They are major borrowers from organizations such as the World Bank. While no strict definition of which countries are less developed exists, most countries that do not belong to the OECD are considered less developed. See also: International development.

less developed country (LDC)

A country with relatively low per capita income and little industrialization. Less developed countries have been major borrowers from a number of banks worldwide.

less developed country (LDC)

see DEVELOPING COUNTRY.
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But Afghanistan is an under-developed country and these things have to come second to things like education and work.
Health is wealth' and 'Prevention is better than cure', are two excellent sayings best suited for a third world and under-developed country like ours.
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