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Here a short explanation about the global relations:

Most Third World countries have sufficient raw materials to function independently. What then is the reason for the fact that this often isn't the case?
The answer to this question is complex. In the past, cultures of so called Third World countries often were primitive cultures, 'primitive' meaning 'original', without its pejorative connotation. Here we hit a big obstacle right away: Europeans (and later Westerners) reason very strongly from their own world; they are Europe-centric. In this way a feeling of superiority is created based on values constructed from Calvinism (for The Netherlands) and the mercantile spirit (capitalism).
Other cultures valued and value other things. For example, in Africa family structures are much tighter. This means a lot of obligations though. This shows that everything has both advantages and disadvantages. That is what makes it so complex: it is difficult, if not impossible, to judge.
What is very clear though, is the unbalance in the possession of material goods over the world. This unbalance has his origins in the colonial period. Goods and people (slaves) were taken away without consideration and Europe acquired wealth over the backs of others. This is still going on. Third World countries receive low prices for their raw materials and goods, they hit tariff walls put up by Western countries to protect their markets and have to pay high prices to buy the products that are made from their raw materials.
Another problem is that of debts. In the eighties, the banks in the West had substantial funds, thanks to huge earnings on the oil market (the so called oil dollars). Third World countries were offered loans, which they accepted (too) eagerly. It was irresponsible to lend such large amounts of money to these countries. On the other hand the money was accepted too easily and often put in foreign (Swiss) bank accounts (by which it is in the West again, of course). A lot of money also disappeared into fruitless projects.
Another reason is that money alone is not enough. There has to be an entire infrastructure, let's say, culture, to spend the money well. The money often couldn't be paid back, but the banks persisted. The Third World countries couldn t even pay back the interest they owed, so that at a certain point they had to pay interest on interest: the Third World countries are stuck in debt and the rich countries and banks are reluctant in relieving or remitting this debt.
In the meantime, global relations have shifted somewhat: as the western countries are in crisis, other countries grow. China, India and Brazil have high growth rates and modernize in a very quick way and also African countries do well, as 6 of the 10 fastest growing countries are in Africa.
Also there have taken place huge help actions for Africa and in the meantime they have been relieved from part of their debt.