What is micro financing?

How effective you think it is to reduce disparity?

What are some possible drawbacks?

Let’s have a look at the cycle of poverty.  Using the handout, try to explain the links between each box and the cycle that occurs.

Here is our next summative assessment: Government Report focusing on Strategies to Encourage Development

  • Your role is that of a development advisor (not economic)
  • Your audience will be the federal or regional government of your Kiva recipient
  • Your task is to decide which development strategy or strategies are most appropriate to  improve the standard of living of a your Kiva recipient’s community
  • Your situation will be that of an individual or group profile from the Kiva website – Anyone you feel you would like to help. You can browse Kiva by country, gender, economic sector, etc.
  • Links to some useful resources
  • Make sure to have a look at your classmate’s factsheet on strategies in reducing disparity.

Your product will be:

  1. Preliminary Research:

Once you find your person or group, take a screenshot of their profile and save their page, and do some further research on the country or region they come from:

  • find information about their level of development and standard of living ( HDI- Fertility rate, GNP, disease etc )
  • Issues in their area or country ( government stability, economy, debt, war etc ) which might affect their level of development.
  • Main economic activities and growth rate
  • Climate, resources and physical nature of the country
  • Any other information that will help you with your decision
  1. Product
  • You will create a 1 page document and/or 3 minute presentation recommending strategies that will help improve the standard of living and break the cycle of poverty of the community represented by an individual
  • You need to suggest the strategies we have discussed in class: AID, FDI, Fair Trade, Debt Relief, Market and Trade Access, Government policy, Remittances, as well as micro-financing through Kiva. If you find any other strategy make sure to ask your teacher first.
  • You also need to clearly explain how your ideas will break the cycle of poverty of your recipient’s community
  • All of your decisions must be supported with statistical and anecdotal evidence.

TSC C + D

Due date:

  • 9A: Friday March 3rd
  • 9C: Thursday March 2nd