This February workshop featured Paul Collier, esteemed Oxford University economist, who specializes in the political economy of democracy, economic growth in Africa, aid, globalization, poverty, and the economics of civil war. Specifically, Collier researches the causes and consequences of civil war, the effects of aid, and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resource-rich societies. He is the author of The Bottom Billion, winner of the 2008 Arthur Ross Book Award and 2008 Lionel Gelber Prize. His most recent book is Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places. This 50-page resource booklet provides teachers with articles and books by Paul Collier. It also includes extensive up-to-date resources and lesson plans on "democracy in difficult places;" international aid; women, education, and development; human rights, human trafficking; and global/public health.


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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2010-11-22.

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An up-to-date resource that provides teachers with valuable materials and links to teach about democracy, peace, and development. The materials are based on the work of Paul Collier, a highly respected economist. Topics covered in the resource packet include international aid, women, education, human rights, and global health. There are links to lesson plans, relevant websites, and volunteer opportunities that would benefit any Social Studies class that is addressing current issues.

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