Blog Action Day: Learn about poverty

October 15th, 2008 Posted by: l.dewis

So today is Blog Action Day and thousands of bloggers are raising awareness around the topic of poverty. Here’s my tuppence worth. Ten free online educational resources related to poverty from universities and other open education providers around the globe.

Bayard Rustin: A Freedom Budget, Part 2, WGBH Educational Foundation

This audio excerpt from Bayard Rustin’s 1967 “Freedom Budget” speech outlines a nine-year plan to end poverty in America. Hmmm… what went wrong?

Poverty curriculum, United Nations
Seven units for grades 5-12 that explore the interconnected causes and effects of poverty. What does it mean to be poor? What are the best ways to fight poverty? Includes activities, discussion, role playing.

Poverty, Public Policy and Controversy, MIT
Much social controversy in the 1990s was concerned with how society should respond to poverty, and the related issues of welfare, out of wedlock births, homelessness, crime, and drugs. The course will examine both what we know about poverty and related behaviors from social science research and how this knowledge is incorporated into public discourse.

Poverty in Scotland, The Open University
The facts and figures on poverty often don’t provide a meaningful picture of the situation. This free online study unit demonstrates the true impact of poverty on the people and places in Scotland through a series of essays that combine the statistics with stories of people who work in the field and those who live in poverty.

War, Poverty and Population, UC Berkeley
A webcast from the 9th Annual International Health Conference. Speakers include Robert Engelman of Worldwatch Institute, Theogene Rudasingwa, Former Rwandan Ambassador to the United States and Martha Campbell, Co-founder of the Center for Entrepreneurship in International Health and Development (CEIHD), and Malcolm Potts, UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

Western Rural Development, Utah State University
Presentations from the 2006 Western Rural Poverty Research Conference. Agenda topics included framing poverty in the west; poverty and tribal communities; networks and policy.

Developing countries in the world trade regime, The Open University
Free trade or fair trade? This free online study unit will help you to analyse the relationship that exists between developed and developing countries under the World Trade Organization regime of Development Round negotiations. The current world trade regime has a very mixed record in promoting growth and reducing poverty.

The Coefficient of Determination: Family Wealth and Student Achievement Scores, Connexions

The author demonstrates and provides evidence that there is a strong correlation between family wealth and student standardized achievement test scores.

Special Topics in Economics: The Challenge of World Poverty, MIT
A course for those interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty and believe that economists might have something useful to say about this question. The questions include: Is extreme poverty a thing of the past? Why do some countries grow fast and others fall further behind? Does growth help the poor? Does foreign aid help? What can we do about corruption? Should we leave it all to the markets? Should we leave it to the NGOs? Where is the best place to intervene? How do we deal with the disease burden? How do we improve schools? And many others.

Ayiti: The Cost of Life, UNICEF
Help the Guinard family struggle to make ends meet and get ahead in their poverty-stricken homeland, Haiti. In this simulation game, you help the parents, Jean and Marie, and their children, Patrick, Jacqueline, and Yves, make decisions about work, education, community building, personal purchases, and health care that might brighten their future. Includes lesson plans for teachers.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mitch  |  October 15th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Very nice list of resources for people to check out on poverty. Nice contribution to the spirit of the day.

  • 2. Ellen Weber  |  October 15th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    What a cool idea and thanks! I can’t wait to look each of these up! It also reminds us that we can help those who slip into poverty gain resources that turn minds in new directions! Nice site too!

  • 3. Poonam  |  October 17th, 2008 at 9:30 am

    It is very informative post with useful links. Thanks! :)

  • 4. Purushottam  |  October 5th, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Very Interesting and informative article. Like to share it.

  • 5. Instagram followers free  |  June 21st, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Very useful and informative post this is.
    Thanks for sharing this with the whole wide world.

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