You are the finance minister from a developing country. Your job is to appeal to the World Bank to help you achieve a specific goal which will lead to development in your country. You will be asking for a loan which will fund a specific project.
This project culminates in a report which has four parts, in which you describe:
Current Development Status
Obstacles to Development
Resources and Advantages
You are going to choose a developing country to research. The definition of a developing country changes, and often, it is based on per capita income. The best way to pick a country is to do an internet search on developing countries to find the most up to date information. Confirm your country choice with your teacher.
Current Development Status: In this section, you will research and report on the current status of the country you are researching. Be sure to include statistics and data. The following topics are guidelines for this section of your report:
Natural factors: location, geography, climate, natural resources
Human factors: lifespan, maternal death rates, infant death rates, education rates, gender equity
Economic factors: major industries, exports, and imports, GDP growth, GDP per capita, unemployment rates, inflation rates
Physical and technological factors: physical capital, infrastructure (roads highways, ports, airports), internet
Political factors: form of government, corruption, freedom of voting, freedom of speech and press
Obstacles to Development: In this section, you will research and report on the obstacles to development in the country you are researching. The following topics are guidelines for this section of your report:
Poverty: percent of people living in poverty
Political structures: political instability, corruption, terrorism, lack of property rights, lack of infrastructure
Trade: Are there obstacles for trade? Is agriculture the basis of the economy?
Debt: Is the country in debt, and to whom?
Social and cultural obstacles: religion, cultural practices, tradition, gender
Advantages and Resources: In this section, you will research and report on the benefits your country has to offer. Here, you will convince your audience that this country is worthy of help, and can use its “gifts” to increase its economic status and standard of living for its people. Tell us what your country does well and what gifts it has.
Project Proposal: In this section, you will propose a specific project that will help your country develop. It can be focused on infrastructure, health, education, the environment, etc. Include the following:
Type of project
Why this particular project
Positive outcomes of this project
Examples of similar projects that have been successful
Finally, be sure to thank your audience and ask for the loan!