Activity 30.3: You Can Bank On It
In this activity, you have two roles. As a member of your group, you will research one of the many loan requests made to the World Bank by developing countries and make a presentation about it to the class. The presentation should provide information about the country you are representing, its need for the loan, and its ability to repay the loan at either a competitive or low interest rate. As an individual, you will make decisions about how the World Bank should spend a budget of $100 million. You may choose to fund one or more of the proposals described, as long as you do not exceed the $100 million budget. For each loan you decide to issue, you must indicate whether it will be at a competitive interest rate or a very low interest rate. You may also decide not to spend all the money. Instead, you may want to look for a different type of proposal, not represented here, that you think would make a significant difference toward global sustainable development. All of your decisions should take into consideration the information you’ve learned so far in this course.
Web Resources: Research for the Debate
These links will help you get started on your research. Scroll down to find your group, then follow the links.
1. Nicaragua: Road improvement
2. India: Healthcare for women and small children
3. Bolivia-Brazil: Gas pipeline
4. Madagascar: Irrigation and water management
5. Bulgaria: Smelting plant cleanup
6. Egypt: Pollution reduction
7. Latvia: Landfill improvement
8. Vietnam: Forest protection and rural development