“The IMF works to foster global growth and economic stability. It provides policy advice and financing to members in economic difficulties and also works with developing nations to help them achieve macroeconomic stability and reduce poverty.”
Learning what you have about the IMF, how it works, and its role in poor countries like Jamaica; what are your reactions to this mission statement?
Reflect and explain in a short response (10 sentences min).
1 pt -- Response is given but is confusing or underdeveloped (<10 sentences)
2 pts -- complete response is given but it lacks original or creative contribution to the discussion (i.e. you are mostly repeating what others have said above your post) 3 pts -- response is insightful, shows you really understood and thought about the issue. You contribute an original thought that helps the online discussion develop positively.
Photographer Pieter Hugo documents the Agbogbloshie slum.
Luke Walker's insight:
This photo gallery of images from the electronics dumps in Ghana. The developed world produces an enormous amount of electronic waste that cannot be recycled given that many of the materials used to produce computers, cell phones, etc. are highyl toxic. Local people search through the dump, to retrieve precious metals and components from the wasted electronics. The remainder is burned releasing toxins into the air.
Questions to Ponder:
How can computers be redesigned to avoid this problem?
How can governments react to this situation to stop the export of electronic waste to places like Africa, China, etc.? How can electronic manufacturers be held more accountable for the quality of their products?
The Measure of America is the first-ever human development report for a wealthy, developed nation.
The stated mission of the American Human Development Program is to provide easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding well-being and opportunity in America and to stimulate fact-based dialogue about issues such as health, education and income. This is another treasure trove of maps, charts, graphs, raw data all begging to be used as to enhance a student project. This would be perfect to introduce after teaching about the Human Development Index.
This is an amazing tool that allows you to look at the human development index (HDI) across the United States by county, state, or major urban area. You can sort the data according to racial demographics as well. It's a powerful tool that helps to answer "What factors affect human development?"
Follow the link and then choose "Tools" and "Interactive Maps" to find the program.
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/
A good video about global population trends since 1950. The is rich with charts, maps and data (from Hans Rosling it would appear) many about accelerated population growth, total fertility rates. China, Iran, South Korea and France are all individually showcased to show how global patterns were at play within local settings.
A new study suggests that 1 in 10 people on the planet directly benefit from money sent home by migrants working in other countries. Here are figures detailing that money's impact on developing nations in 2006.
Excellent map that details global money flows, i.e. the migration of money. Remittances is a key issue in the global economy and a great statement about the relationship that exists between the "west" and the "rest"
Watch Last Train Home on PBS. See more from POV. Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year in the world’s largest human migration.
Really depressing, but really awesome documentary about Chinese New Year. Gives students a lot of deepened understanding regarding economic development, migration, mainland China, etc.
At current growth rates, sub-Saharan Africa, which now makes up 12 percent of the world’s population, will account for more than a third by 2100.
Africa is the world's fastest growing region and consequently it is an incredibly young (demographically speaking) region. This video show key reasons (primarily cultural and economic) for the population growth within Africa. How does the demographic transition model apply to Africa?
Eighty-two years after the original development of the four stage Demographic Transition Model (DTM) by the late demographer Warren Thompson (1887-1973), the cracks are starting to show on the model that for many years revolutionized how we think about the geography of our global population.
Hint: India is last among the G20 and the United States didn't crack the top five in the latest survey to reflect poorly on the situation of American women.
A poll of 370 gender experts yielded some interesting results that reflect the local cultural, economic, political and developmental geographies. Beyond using the lists of best and worst countries (since the rankings are still based on rather subjective criteria), students can come up with their most important factors in evaluating gender equity and evaluate the countries based on their own evaluations.
This trailer for the documentary 'Shake the Dust' shows the globalization of youth culture and the diffusion of the creative art known as break dancing. This film challenges its developed-world viewers to reconceptualize how they perceive the lives of people living in the developing world as more than just poverty and misery, but to see the humanity and joy. In this 12 minute clip, you'll see portrayals of teenagers in Uganda and Yemen who are a part of cultural institutions and can be agents for change within their society and even political forces. For more information about the documentary, visit: http://www.shakethedust.org