The United States alone generates 23.5% of the world’s GDP, while Africa and South America jointly produce about 10%. This is clearly not a function of population size, as Africa and South America combined are far more populous than the United States; by the same comparison, combined land resources of Africa and South America are far larger than the United States'.
It could be argued, however, that Africa's and South America’s large areas of pristine, unpolluted land and atmosphere provide an invaluable global asset when compared to most of the industrialized world. Yet these spaces are under constant threat by those who see the exploitation of these resources as their only realistic economic option, or, more sadly, as the path of least resistance to vast personal wealth. The undervaluing of developing world resources shows a dramatic skewing of our global value system.
The multi-billion-dollar world loans and assistance to, and investments in, developing economies have not eradicated poverty, are not sustainable, and have not empowered the poor to better their situations.