Developing Country Project

Outcome: develop a portfolio of information and articles related to a specific LEDC.

Rationale: having in-depth knowledge of a specific LEDC will give you a strong foundation for the development unit & give you specific examples to draw upon for your external assessments. Additionally, having a compilation of articles will help you with your IA commentaries.

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Process


  1. Choose an LEDC. Simple. Look at the list.
  2. Create a website through your Baldwin email.
    • USE CHROME. Google Sites doesn't work right in Safari.
    • Log in to your Baldwin email.
    • Watch the video at the right.
  3. Make it pretty. Put in a picture of the flag. Add images of the main cities, the people, and so forth. You can put these on the homepage or you can create a separate "images" page
  4. Send the link to Mr. Penn (find the paper clip icon to the left of the "publish" button at the top of the page
How to create and share a website.mov

Growth & Equity

Make a page called "equity and growth". On that page place the following:

    • population
    • the five most recent Gini index numbers (with years)
    • GDP per capita
    • GNP (or GNI) per capita
    • an article that discusses one way the government is trying to achieve a more equitable distribution of income
    • an article that discusses one fiscal policy the government is using to achieve economic growth - provide a link and a summary
    • an article that discusses one monetary policy the government is using to achieve economic growth - provide a link and a summary
    • an article that discusses one supply-side policy the government is using to achieve economic growth - provide a link and a summary
    • a photograph of an "average" family's food intake
    • a photograph of the "average" family's belongings
    • a photograph of something else that is very different from you
    • a photo of the skyline of the capital city
    • a photo of a slum area of the capital city
    • **a screenshot (use Google Public Data and show your country, the US, and two other countries of your choice) of the following
      • debt and deficit
      • debt and deficit as a percentage of GDP
      • debt and deficit and long-term interest rates

Unemployment

Make a page called "Employment." On that page place the following:

  • data on the makeup of the economic sectors (manufacturing, services, agriculture)
  • data on the leading exports of the country
  • data on the most valuable industries in the country (ie coffee farms, manufacturing of clothing)
  • data on youth unemployment
  • an article talking about one employer in the country - provide a link and a summary
  • an article talking about one employment-related issue - provide a link and a summary
  • an article talking about one thing the government is trying to do to bring unemployment down - provide a link and a summary

Inflation

Make a page called "Inflation." On that page place the following:

  • the annual inflation rate for the last five years (this can also be a graph)
  • an article discussing inflation in the country- provide a link and a summary
  • an article discussing the CPI of the country- provide a link and a summary
  • an article talking about one thing the government is trying to do to control inflation- provide a link and a summary

Development

  1. Make a page called "Development."
  2. Open this table of indicators. Embed it on your page. Then, using Google Public Data, complete the table.
  3. Choose the three indicators that are most surprising to you, then locate one article discussing each. Provide a link and a summary on your page.
  4. What social entrepreneurship ventures are being tried in your country? What innovative development programs are being experimented with?

For each of the items below write a brief summary paragraph and put it on your page. Use the indicators table whenever possible to back up your findings with hard data.

1. Natural resources/ resource endowments

2. Quality of physical capital

3. Quality of human capital

4. Quality of institutional factors

5. Water pollution

6. Environmental degradation

7. Air pollution

8. History of colonization & wars

9. Political system