>>The difference here in North America,...
You can't compare these African very poor countries with North America.
>>but all I know is people fear getting sued, which is something that people in the developing world do not fear
Why do you think so?
You don't know what poorty is. What can you do with a group of people, that 60% of them are doing illegal things just to survive? Think you are the president of Nigeria, and you are a good man(of course you are). What can you do? No exports, no agriculture and no industry. You can't have even enough prisons. And if it was like North America, that its people are making joke about suing (a thief sued the house owner because his leg was hitten by a table or a woman sued coffee shop owner because the coffee was hot), all people would be in prison. Who supports the cost?
Anyway, I never understood why African nations are like this. I thing 80% of UN money is going to be eaten by Africa.