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Annotated bibliography and infographic related to a proposed project to assist a poor population
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Researching Poverty

Research Prompt:

If you  had a large amount of money and an opportunity to help a group of people in a poverty-stricken part of the world, what group would you target and what would your project consist of?

Choose a country and research what type of aid would make the biggest difference in that country.  Develop a plan of how to effectively help the people of the country and explain how effective it will be.

Develop an annotated bibliography of resources that will help you build information for your proposal.

Create an infographic that helps communicate the central message you want to communicate about the situtation and how your project will help. 


World's Poorest Countries

Based on the lowest Human Development Index scores, from the United Nations Human Development Report, 2015

Note: #1 has the LOWEST Human Development Index Score. 

1.       Niger

2.       Central African Republic

3.       Eritrea

4.       Chad

5.       Burundi

6.       Burkina Faso

7.       Guinea

8.       Sierra Leone

9.       Mozambique

10.   Mali

11.   Guinea-Bissau

12.   Liberia

13.   Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

14.   Gambia

15.   Ethiopia

16.   Malawi

17.   Côte d’Ivoire

18.   Afghanistan

19.   Senegal

20.   South Sudan

21.   Djibouti

22.   Sudan

23.   Benin

24.   Uganda

25.   Rwanda

26.   Haiti

27.   Togo

28.   Lesotho

29.   Yemen

30.   Comoros

31.   Papua New Guinea

32.   Solomon Islands

33.   Mauritania

34.   Zimbabwe

35.   Madagascar

36.   Cameroon

37.   Nigeria

38.   Tanzania

39.   Swaziland

40.   Angola

41.   Myanmar

42.   Pakistan

43.   Nepal

44.   Kenya


Percent of Population Living on Less Than $1.25 Per Day

 PovcalNet: an online poverty analysis tool from the Worldbank.


Glossary of Terms

Here are some terms you may run into in your research:

NGO - Non-Governmental Organization:

A non-governmental organization (NGO, also often referred to as "civil society organization" or CSO) is a not-for-profit group, principally independent from government, which is organized on a local, national or international level to address issues in support of the public good. Task-oriented and made up of people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of services and humanitarian functions, bring public concerns to governments, monitor policy and programme implementation, and encourage participation of civil society stakeholders at the community level. Some are organized around specific issues, such as human rights. (definition from United Nations Rule of Law)


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