11 & 20. World Development & Globalisation

In this combination of Unit 11 (p.180) and Unit 20 (p.324) we are examining very important issues in the fast-moving world around us.

We shall be looking at trade, aid, inequality, and the way that countries are at different stages of development.  Resources for these themes will be put on this page for homework or for you to review something we have done in class.

A good website for everything to do with international trade and economics for this unit is:http://internationalecon.com/index.php  See, for example the section on trade terminology:  http://internationalecon.com/Trade/Tch5/T5-4.php

1. The Issue of World Poverty links:

18 January 2016  A new OXFAM Report says that the world’s 62 richest people own the same as the poorest half of the entire world population.  The poorest half of the world’s population are now poorer than they were before and the concentration of massive wealth in the hands of fewer people is holding back world development, argues Oxfam in this report.

World Economic Forum 2015: the full debate on inequality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Zuk9Huqdrg  We saw only a few minutes of this in the classroom 20/1/16  It would be good to watch more of it (skip the boring bits).

See also the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook 2015

2. International Trade and Fair Trade links:

A good website for everything to do with international trade and economics for this unit is:http://internationalecon.com/index.php  See, for example the section on trade terminology:  http://internationalecon.com/Trade/Tch5/T5-4.php

Fairtrade Foundation The organisation that oversees the Fairtrade mark increasingly seen on goods in our supermarkets (£140m worth in 2004). Sections on the history of fair trade, the benefits of the mark and the standards guaranteed by it. http://www.fairtrade.org.uk

 

Traidcraft UK organisation dedicated to fighting poverty through trade.http://www.traidcraft.org.uk/

Oxfam Make Trade Fair minisite. http://www.maketradefair.com/en/index.htm Mugged: report on coffee

Clipper Tea Clipper tea has earned the Fairtrade mark and its production ensures strict standards are met covering education, healthcare, fair pay, housing and working conditions. The tea gardens in South India and Sri Lanka are surrounded by virgin forest. The pickers and their families play a role in protecting the environment from illegal logging and poaching. http://www.clipper-teas.com

3. Aid to Developing Countries role play:

a.) The first lesson on this topic explores the background to the problems of aid and includes a short video clip from Andrew Mwenda’s lecture at Yale University. (We watch just a little – from 28 mins to 34 mins in the video – but if you are interested to see more of that lecture, the full video is linked from this A-level page of the Geogblog.)  The follow up homework is to read pages 190-191 of your New Wider World text book and do exercise 6 (all questions) on page 199.  The answers are here, but the page will only be available at the start of the lesson for marking your work.

b).  The second lesson provides an opportunity to consider your own views about aid to developing countries and extends your experience through a role play.