Term 1, 2009: Make Poverty History


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This unit you are currently studying has an overarching idea, a central statement that we are trying to address.poverty.jpg

"The unequal distribution of wealth is based on a complex web of factors"

Today we will look at what this "complex web of factors" consists of....

Read these two documents:

Reading "The Big Issues"

Read the three pages of 1Africa_Big.pdf that we have not done yet in class:
  • Economic (Trade)
  • Political (Conflict)
  • Health (HIV)
  • Then go back to this website and answer the questions below. For some you will have to visit the link I have given you to find the answers.

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Factors contributing to the unequal distribution of wealth:

  • The questions are below.
  • Write down the answers in complete sentences in a word doc, just make sure that you print off your answers and paste them in your workbook. Put today's date at the top of your sheet. Your heading is: "Terminology Research Activity. Make sure you save the document in a good place and give it a clear name.
  • The questions should be answered in detail, in complete sentences, a minimum of 50 words per answer. You may copy and paste some answers, just make sure you mention the source. (give the address of the website)
  • Remember, your workbook will be assessed. Stick the answers in your workbook.

Factors contributing to the unequal distribution of wealth:
  • Environmental (Climate), (did this one in class)
  • Economic (Debt), http://www.ausaid.gov.au/keyaid/growth_relief.cfm
  • How do debts to rich nations contribute to poverty in less developed nations? (Read the handout sheet, use your own ideas or do research; just 2 or 3 dot points are enough)
  • What has the Australian government done to reduce debt for poorer nations?
  • Economic (Trade),
  • How do trade policies contribute to the unequal spread of wealth in the world? (Read the handout sheet, use your own ideas or do research; just 2 or 3 dot points are enough)
  • What are agricultural government subsidies? (Do quick internet search, you may copy the answer, but give the website address of where you got the info from)
  • What are trade barriers? (Do quick internet search, you may copy the answer, but give the website address of where you got the info from)
  • Political (Conflict)
  • How do wars, conflicts and landmines contribute to poverty? (Read the handout sheet, use your own ideas or do research; just 2 or 3 dot points are enough)
  • What is the Mine Ban Treaty? (http://www.icbl.org/treaty)
  • Health (HIV/Aids)
  • How does HIV contribute to the unequal spread of wealth in the world? (Read the handout sheet, use your own ideas or do research; just 2 or 3 dot points are enough)
  • What other diseases pose problems for poorer nations? http://www.poverty.com/aids.html



Terminology Research Activity:

Below are questions about words and terminology which you will use when talking about poverty. Use your internet research skills to find the answers. You may copy the information, but give the website address of where you got the info from.
1. What is the Human Development Index?
2. What is GNI (Gross National Income)?
3. Which index is better for measuring the welfare of a nation, the GNI or the HDI? Explain your answer.
4. What is the UN? Name at least 5 different sections of the UN and very briefly describe what they do.
5. What are the Millenium Development Goals? Who set these goals?
6. Who are the G8? Why are they important?
7. What is the World Bank? What do they do?

Group activity:
  1. Form a small group (no more than 3 people)
  2. You will need the information from the handout you have been given and you need to go back to the SHEEPT factors of the previous in-class activity.
  3. Using this information and your own ideas, brainstorm factors which contribute to the unequal distribution of wealth in the world. Some examples: Lack of economic development, drought, HIV etc.
  4. When you are done, write your list on the whiteboard.
  5. We will compile a final list as a class, based on your ideas and informati


Video information:


Video from the World Food Program, in response to all the "economic stimulus packs" and economic rescue plans for the Western economies currently experiencing an economic downturn:



From last night's news on SBS (24/02/09), about the kids starring in 'Slumdog Millionaire"
http://player.sbs.com.au/naca/#/naca/wna/Latest/playlist/Slumdog-kids-celebrate-Oscars-sweep/

A video about travellers buying cheaply made presents, products which are often made by children.



Make Poverty History Videos
Interactive Hunger Map



Causes of poverty


This is the master list; compiled by 8A.
It is a great list and I think you have all done very well. You have all shown excellent thinking and brainstorming skills! :-)
  • Bad dictatorships
  • Bad soil for farming
  • Being born into it
  • Citizen Rebellion
  • Climate
  • Corruption
  • Communist/Post Communist
  • Colonialism/Post Colonialism
  • Countries spending all their money on debt repayments
  • People suffering from HIV/AIDS
  • Debts
  • Deficient government for farming
  • Desertification
  • Discrimination
  • Droughts & Floods
  • Famine
  • Food shortages
  • Gangs/crime
  • Global warming
  • Having to evacuate/refugees
  • Inadequate shelter
  • Inefficient government funds being spent on trade routines
  • Insect borne diseases (EG. Malaria)
  • Landmines
  • Natural disasters
  • Not enough funds being spent on education
  • No access to education
  • Overpopulation
  • Pests
  • Plagues
  • Political Instability / Bad political decisions
  • Recessions in the economyminiature_earth.png
  • Slavery
  • War/ Conflicts
  • Women treated badly



Watch this: http://www.miniature-earth.com/me_english.htm
Worksheet The Miniature Earth text.doc



Listen to a podcast


If you own an MP3 player, you need to stop listening to your normal music and listen to this podcast by the BBC world service in which a reporter visits different countries to talk to people who live on the infamous a-dollar-day. It is an amazing and inspiring 23 minutes; I hope you listen to it.

You can go to the website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/documentaries/2007/12/071227_dollar_a_day_1.shtml
Or download the podcast directly from this website: bbc_documentaries_dollaraday_part1.mp3


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