Why we don't use the term 'developing countries'

You may have noticed that we use the term ‘recovering countries’ rather than ‘developing countries’. Here’s why.

Firstly, ‘developing countries’ suggests that these countries are inherently behind and need to "catch up" to the Western world. This view ignores the fact that these countries have their own unique histories, cultures, and economic systems, and that they should be allowed to develop in their own way.

Secondly, the term "developing" implies a linear progression towards a certain standard of living, which is often defined by Western countries. This can lead to an overemphasis on economic growth and a neglect of other important factors, such as social development and environmental sustainability.

Therefore, some people have proposed using the term "recovering countries" instead. This term emphasizes that these countries have their own unique histories and are not simply trying to catch up with the West. It also recognizes that many of these countries are recovering from colonialism, exploitation, and other forms of systemic oppression.

By calling these countries "recovering," we acknowledge the challenges that they face and the need for support and solidarity from the international community. It also highlights the importance of addressing systemic issues such as inequality, environmental degradation, and political instability that continue to impact these countries.

In short, calling developing countries "recovering countries" is a more nuanced and respectful way of acknowledging the complex histories and ongoing struggles of these nations. It emphasizes the need for a holistic approach to development that takes into account social, economic, and environmental factors, and promotes solidarity and mutual support between all nations.

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