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This list is a combination of two types of posts. Some represent the best posts of Geography Education during 2012 as voted by you the viewers (measured by page views) and I've added a few that I feel where my 'favorite finds' of the year. For more favorites, you can see the best of 2011.
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Australia's engagement with Asia: Water - a case study on Flores
For a the full lesson on how access to clean drinking water and human well-being are connected on the Indonesian island of Flores, visit World Vision Australia. On a related note, this article from the Guardian discusses the trouble of securing clean drinking water in Bangladesh.
Tags: Indonesia, water, development.
Water--the coming disaster...
A rice enriched with beta-carotene promises to boost the health of poor children around the world. But critics say golden rice is also a clever PR move for a biotech industry driven by profits, not humanitarianism.
This is a great podcast that emphasizes various geographic themes including agriculture, development and economics. This new genetically-modified rice was designed to provide vitamin A (something no natural rice provides) to impoverished diets. Skeptics point out that the history of the industry shows that the goal is to enrich a select number of corporations while some are hailing this as a major advancement that will benefit the poor. Where people side on this is often ideological, so those that are firmly against genetically modified foods find the flaw in the plan and vice versa. What do you think? How might this change food production and consumption worldwide and at a local scale?
Tags: GMOs, development, NGOs, Food, agriculture, agribusiness, unit 5 agriculture.
Juste pour être sûr : GMO n'est pas Giesbert-Marie Oglalat et NGO pas Nicolas-Gabriel Orkozy, hein ?
This website is an incredibly humorous parody of Eurocentric charitable organizations that, while well-intentioned, propogate many negative stereotypes about Africa.
Questions to Ponder: What do you think the 'point' of Radi-Aid is? Do you agree with their point? How does the media influence our idea of places?
Tags: Africa, development, NGOs, Norway.
The world is becoming more and more interconnected. Globalization changes how people consume, work and live almost everywhere on the world. Today, many economic, political, cultural or ecological relationships are not explainable from a national perspective. At the same time, a controversial debate about the consequences of globalization has begun.
Questions to ponder: What are the driving forces behind globalization? What areas are most impacted by globalization? How does globalization benefit some, and adversely impact others? Why?
Tags: Globalization, economic, industry, NGOs, political, scale, unit 6 industry.
A decade ago, Botswana was facing a national crisis as AIDS appeared on the verge of decimating the country's adult population. Now, the country provides free, life-saving AIDS drugs to almost all of its citizens who need them.
This is a great example, and possibly a template on how to tackle the AIDS/HIV crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. Botswana was as hard hit as any country, but they fully invested their economic initiatives into tackling this and actively changed cultural attitudes and behaviors that faciliate transmission. Not all is 'doom and gloom' when looking at poverty and disease-stricken countries.
Since the year 2000, almost 1 million people have lost their lives to disasters caused by natural hazards. 2 billion people have been affected. 1 trillion do...
In the last decade, almost one million people have been killed by disasters and more than one trillion dollars have been lost. Yet only 1% of international aid is spent to minimize the impact of these disasters. Every $1 spent on preparedness saves $7 on response, so the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has established http://www.actnowsavelater.org to prepare for the disasters which will surely come.
Distribution of US Foreign Aid over time, 1946-2005...
This interactive graph is not visually intuitive and easy to interpret, but it is a wealth of information about the United States geopolitical policies throughout time in addition to it's humanitarian aid throughout the developing world. For example, you can see that the aid to Vietnam from 1965-1973 exploded, and to Israel from 1976-2002. In 1947, the United Kingdom (under the Marshall Plan) accounted for over half of all of the international aid.
The future of international NGOs depends on what the post-western world will look like in ten years from now. The nature of the post-western world is likely to challenge the legitimacy, funding and effectiveness of INGOs generally and particularly of those from the West...
Tensions rise in Cairo as Egyptian forces raided the offices of human rights and pro-democracy groups.
When there is a new political regime, what impact does it have on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operating within that country? While many NGOs attempt to stay out of partisan politicals so as not to compromise the future of their organization or cause, sometimes the cause is in direct conflict with the policies of the regime.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working to be a force for good in the least developed parts of the world that often face political and economic instability. This is one program designed to help. For more on the UNDP's work in the Horn of Africa, visit: http://www.undp.org/hornofafrica
An excellent infographic that highlights the importance of education in the process of fighting poverty. Why is education (especially women) so pivotal for development? Should this change how we think about humanitarian aid?
I feel that this infographic is artistic and allusive. It clearly shows us that the only way for us to get out of poverty is through education. It tells us the importance of education and the need to study hard. Similarly, i strongly feel that the need to study hard not only applies to the poor but it also applies to us as well. Even though Singapore is known as one of the richer countries in the world, poverty is also susceptible to us as well. If we do not study hard and get academic qualifications, we might also fall into the state of poverty. Still, I am encouraged upon hearing that there is ultimately a way for us to overcome poverty. As long as one studies hard with the guidance of educated family members and teachers around him/her, he would be able to score well, attain academic qualifications, get a sustainable job and escape from poverty. However, I wonder about the challenges people face in getting employed. Since more and more people are studying harder just to get out of poverty or to get a higher pay, wouldn't this limit the chances of the poorer ones getting employed due to a competition for jobs in this field?
I have always thought that education was important but I never realised that poverty could mean the difference between life and death. Without an educated mother, a child would have 50% less chance of surviving a terminal illness or medical condition.1/2 the chance to survive to age 5 and have a higher chance of getting AIDS as 3 times as many uneducated woman contract AIDS as compared to educated woman.Causing the children have a higher chance of contracting AIDS from thier mothers. Educated mothers would also make bigger and more useful contributions to the society and family as most woman spend about 90% of thier earnings on their families.
Wonder: Why does the government not step in to make sure that woman can get affordable/free education,
Why the government does not let more girls go to school although they make better contributions to the society.
After reading this infographic, I came to know that "Education is foundational to human development and has a clear multiplier effect which benefits in health, broad-based econimic growth and poverty education". The importance of education can be seen rather clearly. With education, one 's individual earning's would increase by 10% for each year of school completed. If the earnings increase, one is less likely to face poverty. Also, if a child is born to an educated mother, it's life span will lengthen. Hence, this all concludes that education is an important process one must go through.
From http://www.witness.org | "Awaiting Tomorrow" tells the story people living with HIV/AIDS in the war-torn Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo...
This video provides a chilling glimpse into the struggle of Africans with AIDS/HIV without sufficient medical care.
A simple initiative in the Philippines is bringing a bit of brightness into the lives of the country's poorest people.
This clip is brimming with classroom potential. Development is a key component to this clip, but it could also become a service learning project as students adopt a great project to help others in more difficult financial situations. Learn more about the project at: http://isanglitrongliwanag.org/
This is absolutely amazing...to see how people think of new innovative ways to create simple gadgets that will serve as a source for them to live by. The fact that prices for certain services push people to find new ways of receiving the same service is sad but at the same time it stimulates people to try. I am fascinated at how much a person can do with their two hands. Very nice. - M. Carvajal
"The tiny black-eyed pea is about to wage battle in Malawi. The small country in southeast Africa is the site of a project to help with food security, nutrition and income. Western University researchers are among those who will work with 30,000 farmers to help diversify crops into protein-rich legumes, such as the black-eyed pea, a popular type of cow pea in Malawi."
Tags: food, agriculture, Africa, Malawi, unit 5 agriculture.
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An in-depth, multimedia look at climate change, its global impact, and efforts to combat it.
This guide on climate change from the Council on Foreign Relations (independent think tank) covers many of the geopolitical, economic and environmental issues that confront the Earth as global temperatures rise. Rather than produce a full length feature film, they have organized the this as an interactive video, allowing the user to get short (a couple of minutes) answer to specific questions about the science, foreign policy or economic ramifications of adapting to climate change.
Tags: climate change, environmental adaption, economic, industry.
For the first time in generations, more investment than foreign aid is pouring into Africa. But is that growth enough to change its future?
This is the first article in six-part series designed to investigate the changing economic and developmental possibilities that are facing the African continent. As more foreign investors are exploring potential windfalls in Africa, it is making places that were on the margins of a global economy more directly tied to the process of globalization.
Tags: Africa, development, globalization, economic, NGOs, unit 6 industry.
Nearly $1bn was spent last year buying wheat, sorghum and other products for the controversial US 'in-kind' food aid programmes. Over 40 companies sold food aid last year But big agribusinesses are not the only ones winning US food aid contracts. Over 40 companies sold nearly 1.8m tonnes, or $1bn worth, of food aid last year. Some have developed entirely new product lines, specifically to sell as overseas food aid. Others have fought to get their products on the list of eligible commodities, which includes items such as canned pink salmon and dehydrated potato flakes.
But big agribusinesses are not the only ones winning US food aid contracts. Over 40 companies sold nearly 1.8m tonnes, or $1bn worth, of food aid last year.
Some have developed entirely new product lines, specifically to sell as overseas food aid. Others have fought to get their products on the list of eligible commodities, which includes items such as canned pink salmon and dehydrated potato flakes.
Didion, a private, family-owned company headquartered in Wisconsin, has developed a special line of corn-based food aid products. Last year it was the government’s top supplier of corn-soy blend, a fortified food of choice for the UN’s World Food Programme. What Crops are being donated? To which countries? From which companies? The answers lie in this interactive feature.
This map is a graphical representation of the Dashboard’s available data on foreign assistance appropriations by fiscal year. The darker a country’s shading appears on the map, the more funding that U.S. Government country office received in that fiscal year. Users can switch between fiscal years by using the dropdown box in the top right corner of the page. Users can choose a country by clicking the map or by selecting the name of the country from the drop down box above.
The West African state of Niger is now the worst place in the world to be a mother, a Save the Children annual report says.
Gender, demographics and development are the main geographic themes that run through this report. As many countries prepare to celebrate Mother's Day, the Non-Governmental Organization Save the Children considers the geography of motherhood and the difficulties in raising a healthy, educated, well-fed child with economic opportunities for the future. The variables used in the index included factors such as health, education, economic status and nutrition as key indicators that would be pertinent to motherhood.
The most difficult place to raise a child according to the report are: 1) Niger, 2) Afghanistan, 3) Yemen, 4) Guinea-Bissau and 5)Mali. The best places to raise healthy, education children are: 1) Norway, 2) Iceland, 3) Sweden, 4) New Zealand and 5)Denmark. For more information about Save the Children, see: http://www.savethechildren.net/
Brazil, Russia, India and China are profoundly shaking up the G8. All of these newcomers give aid to developing countries. And yet some still receive substantial aid themselves from the U.S. and other donors.
This seems to be a is a strange juxtaposition: surging countries in the global economy are also recipients of international aid from NGOs. Too often we view the country as though that is the logical scale at which to discuss all issues such as economic growth and poverty. Too often we view the border as though all things within the border are homogenous and difference lies on the other side of the border. The author of this article argues that the future for NGOs is increasing collaboration and partnerships with the private sector to lead to a 'convergence' between the economic aims of the local economy and the humanitarian goals of the NGOs.
Al Jazeera's Sebastian Walker asks why a system that was designed to help Haitians ended up exacerbating their misery.
Why isn't more money the answer to the 'poverty problem?' What geographic factors make Haitian development such a difficult issue?
TED Talks HIV is a serious problem in the DR Congo, and aid agencies have flooded the country with free and cheap condoms. But few people are using them. Why?
This video highlights why some well-intending NGOs with excellent plans for the developing world don't have the impact they are hoping for. Cultural barriers to diffusion abound and finding a way to make your idea resonate with your target audience takes some preparation. This also addresses some important demographic and health-related issues, so the clip could be used in a variety of places within the curriculum. FYI: this clip briefly shows some steamy condom ads.
Marketing is not something I would have thought about when trying to get people in the Kongo to use condoms. Her research into the brands they use and why may save many lives.
I was surprised actually that it took this long for someone to think of this, given the fact that the AIDS crisis in Africa is practically a pandemic.However it is a good idea that someone had finally started to do something about it.
Experts and aid officials discuss ongoing challenges and lessons learnt on the ground in Haiti...
Development and humanitarian aid projects must always take local geographic factors into consideration when devising any plan for the future. Political uncertainty, poor transportation infrastructure, disease and not enough locally based programs are but a few of the issues that continue to plague the communities in Haiti.
I absolutely love creative, out-of-the-box, innovative people! People who use their creativity to make a difference in the World.... Incredible! "We want to ...
Find out more about this organization at: http://isanglitrongliwanag.org/
When you watch this video and consider the standard of living for the average U.S. citizen, you really see there is such an uneven use of natural resources in the world. I wish more people here were able to use renewable energy more creatively. It's interesting how having fewer financial resources can often lead people to innovative uses of materials they have at hand. Before urban gardening was a trend in the U.S., my husband's grandfather used to recycle plastic buckets to collect water to water his garden. He didn't have a lot of money, but he did have a lot of ingenuity.