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Development as a two-edged sword A Case Study of Norway and Ghana

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department Social and Institutional Development, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Sri Lanka

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (1), Pages 86-89, January,14 (2015)


Historical evidences suggest that the dual nature of development in bringing both prosperity and destruction to society and the environment. It brings technological gains and new freedom, as well as social, cultural and ecological consequences.Therefore some analysts identify development as a two-edged sword, a creator and destroyer. Even though overexploitation of natural resources leads to environmental degradation, many countries have reached socioeconomic development, through usage of natural resources. Past international events give some indication as to how the future may treat poor countries or those rich in natural resources. By utilizing of two case studies from both the developed and developing contexts, the paper suggest that the demand from the developing countries for the protection of environment is less ethical since developed nations have exploited their natural resources to achieve development.


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