Category Archives: Measuring development

Water Aid example of international aid

This video only 18 minutes long almost teaches the whole of the aid topic and half the development gap one on its own; its astounding…. well done Water Aid… watch it and look at:

  1. what makes areas less developed?
  2. how are people trying to help themselves
  3. what are the conditions in a shanty town?
  4. what impact does clean water and toilets proved to people? (this is the one covered most in this)
  5. how can you measure development?

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Development Gap Revision Lesson 2016

IN case you need another copy, here is the Dev Gap PLC.

And here is the powerpoint for the lesson this week revising Development gap



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New PLCs for 2016 Geography AQA GCSE syllabus A


We have revamped your PLCs (Personal Learning Checklists) for 2016. They are attached below. These are designed for you to rag rate your knowledge. So you read through the list, work out how much you think you know for each part and then start revising the PARTS YOU ARE LEAST CONFIDENT ON.

After that you then attempt some exam questions on that topic (you can find them on this blog of course)

changing Urban environments PLC

Coastal Zone PLC

Dev Gap PLC

Restless Earth PLC

Tourism PLC

Water on the Land PLC



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Excellent Hans Rosling for all parts of Development Gap

This superb program from our department’s favourite Swedish Professor of Public Health covers SO much of the Development Gap, it is like he just read the specification.

  • What makes a country less developed or more developed? What are the obstacles to development?
  • how can we measure development? whats the best way to measure development?
  • How are different development measures related to each other?
  • what factors increase global inequality?
  • How can people get out of poverty and improve their standard of living and quality of life?
  • how can aid help? does aid help?

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Development, Natural disasters and Aid (and Restless Earth and Tourism!)

nepal quake victims

Didn’t know what to call this post because it is about a short article from Time magazine that covers so much of our Development Gap topic. (You could also easily use it in an exam answer about Earthquakes for the Restless Earth topic and even for a question about tourism and how numbers may fall). Primarily it talks about why the quake in Nepal has and will have such a devastating effect on the country. This brings out other issues that are keeping Nepal poor and stopping it from developing (The Obstacles of Development that the syllabus and exam questions talk about)

The article says these are:

  • Low GNP (also called GDP or GNI) means Nepal hasn’t been able to afford in a good transport system or infrastructure. So some aid has been flown in but is stuck at the airport as the country struggles to get it ito the areas that need it
  • For such a poor country the earthquakes cost of between $1 and $10 billion could be up to half the countries wealth for the year. this will hinder spending on development in the future
  • The effect on tourism worth up to 8% of the countries annual wealth (GNI) will be long lasting and like the second point hinder government spending on development in future years (this is the bit you could also use an example in your tourism topic)
  • The government is not well organised enough to tackle the problem and so this too keeps the country poor and less developed

also read section 5 of the article called “competition for influence” and you will see one of the big drawbacks with aid; normally the country giving it wants something in return

you can click on the link on the first line for the article or here instead to read it


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Revising Development Gap



Quick Starter: This is an image of all the Facebook accounts and the connections they make…. it clearly shows a pattern of wealthier and less wealthy countries… how do you think internet use is a good measure of development?


Like the coastal zone post, this is is a small collection of resources to help you revise the development gap topic.

Here is the topic outline. The Development Gap outline

We covered a lot of things today, but here are three things I didn’t have time to mention at all:

  • Fair Trade (BBC Bitesize revision on this is here ) also here is a good BBC thing on types of aid and whether aid is a good thing or not
  • How people try to ‘reduce the inequalities within the EU (i.e. how they try to makes things fairer and less unequal) 
  • Water Aid (there is a comprehensive post elsewhere on this site on Water Aid, click here for that

Two people asks for some help with revising how a natural disaster can affect development. Here is a revision prompt for that development gap FINAL revision Haiti

If there is anything else you would like to know please ask or email or contact twitter @stedsgeography


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MEDC LEDC is so yesterday

Here is a 2:51 minute video that shows why dividing the world into LEDC/MEDC or developed/developing is out of date and no longer appropriate

(yes it is Hans Rosling again) you can follow him @HansRosling if you wish

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