Limited access to society's resources

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Limited access to external resources

Many small rural communities in developed nations have limited access or are unrelated to relevant social information and experience. Even if they are surrounded by a mass of information from a large metropolitan area, they tend to make little use of these resources. Life on family farms or in small villages accustoms people to a kind of isolating self-sufficiency, so they may not visit the nearest city for years, and they neither have experience of nor feel the need for social agencies. As, in addition, familiar cultural and recreational activities which once brought people together over a broad geographical area cease to be held, this increasingly limited exposure to the resources of the contemporary world perpetuates a rural isolation and parochial value system that undermines attempts at inter-community cooperation.


Although advances in technology have made it theoretically possible for the resources of the whole world to be at the disposal of every human settlement, many small communities are in fact deprived of these resources. Sewer systems, farm equipment, educational opportunities, outside investment in local projects, are but a few of the amenities lacking due to remoteness of service or lack of knowledge of what is available and how best to use it. These factors discourage the development of new industries and the augmenting of local services.

Narrower Problems:
Lack of information
Inadequate equipment
Denial of access to news
Loss of cultural heritage
Limited access to reading
Limited market development
Lack of funding structures
Underdeveloped road network
Limited municipal resources
Inaccessibility of knowledge
Inadequate improvement funds
Unknown health possibilities
Limited availability of loans
Lack of specialized technology
Insufficient councilman support
Insufficient financial resources
Insufficient capitalization means
Lack of local commercial services
Insufficient educational material
Inaccessibility of health services
Unpublicized resource opportunities
Underprovision of basic urban services
Insufficient access to family planning
Inequitable access to natural resources
Limited availability of health resources
Limited access to technological decisions
Unequal access to education among countries
Haphazard transmission of practical technology
Gap in agricultural technology among countries
Limited access to natural resource use decisions
Limited availability of education in rural areas
Inadequate transport systems for isolated islands
Inequality of access to education within countries
Prohibitive cost of connection to public utilities
Lack of credit facilities for agricultural producers
Ineffective delivery of basic human resource services
Lack of channels for obtaining available local funding
Limited access to culturally adapted pedagogical material
Insufficient access to technology for agricultural upgrading
Limited availability of investment capital for urban renewal
Restricted delivery of essential services to rural communities
Limited market access due to the product differentiation of transnational corporations
Reduced access to institutional resources
Related Problems:
Irregular transport services
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
16.10.2020 – 18:44 CEST