Comparing levels of development

We have been discussing different ways we measure a country’s development. You will now be asked to use those statistics to compare and contrast two countries’ level of development and the changes that happen over time.

Task 1:

-Choose 2 countries on Gapminder to research: (download app here)

-Look up the following indicators for both countries:

  • Birth rate
  • Population growth
  • Infant Mortality Rate
  • GDP per capita
  • Human Development Index (HDI)
  • Fertility rate
  • Life expectancy
  • Literacy Rate
  • (This reading should help or Gapminder defines the as well


Write a blog post explaining the main differences you have noticed when looking at the indicators above. Can you explain why your two countries have such differences? Are the indicators interrelated? Why so?

Hyperlink your post on this doc: 8A, 8B, 8C

Wen you are done, find a partner and carefully read each-other’s blogposts. Then, comment on their blogs. Give an overall assessment of the reflection by agreeing, disagreeing and asking questions to further the discussion.

Then, we will begin working on the Gapminder Assessment, Assessed on Criteria A and B