Bangladesh Country Development Profile Assignment

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Country Development Profile Assignment
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For this individual assignment, you will complete a 5-7 page (double spaced) “Country Development Profile.” There are many kinds of “country profiles” and they can cover just about any topic (such as governance, investment climate, security, development, or any one of dozens of specific issues within development). Generally speaking, these profiles offer a broad overview of the current situation in that country as it pertains to that topic.
In your case, you will be writing Country Development Profiles for the Maximin Project, a start-up development organization based in the United States. Your topic, of course, is development. Your Country Development Profile will include some background on the country (insofar as it is relevant to the country’s development), key facts and statistics (possibly laid out in easy-to-read tables or graphs), and a discussion of some of that country’s successes or challenges regarding the three components of the Human Development Index (health, wealth/poverty, and education) as well as inequality. You might consider important recent achievements and successes in these areas (for example, has it met or is it on track to meet any of the related Millennium Development Goals yet?) as well as its biggest current challenges in these areas. If the country has had important successes or is struggling greatly in another area (for example, environmental degradation or governance) you may include this as well. The idea is to give us a well-rounded picture of your country. In addition, your profile will have a short, analytical section with your policy recommendations for addressing these challenges and supporting progress already underway.
Choose one of the following countries that Maximin has asked us to cover:
DR Congo, Niger, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, India, Haiti, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Sudan, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Myanmar, Nepal, Madagascar, Côte d’Ivoire, Angola
You might wish to consult the UN Human Development Reports (available by country or region). Though these are far longer and more detailed than yours will be, they will give you a sense of what kinds of information can go into this kind of document and how they are written. They will also be a great source of information as you do your research! Another helpful resource is the World Bank Countries and Regions pages. Find your country, then from the banner at the top of each country page, you can see country-at-a-glance stats on the left, and then select “context,” “strategy,” or “results” on the top right for more details. There are other similar publications out there as well.
Your Country Development Profile should include the following sections:
 Executive Summary
 Background
 Successes and Challenges: Health, Wealth, Education, Inequality, [Other]
 Policy Recommendations
 List of Acronyms and Abbreviations (if any, does not count toward 5-7 page limit)
 List of Figures (if any, does not count toward 5-7 page limit)
 List of Tables (if any, does not count toward 5-7 page limit)
 References (does not count toward 5-7 page limit)
The Executive Summary is a very short overview, like a 200-300 word abstract, that summarizes the rest of the report. Think of it as a “preview” for an unspecialized audience and avoid the technical “development-y” terms that might appear in the rest of the profile. Imagine that your high-school-cousin or your grandmother wants to know how this country is faring, but doesn’t know anything about international development, economics, the MDGs, etc. This is the first thing a potential donor will see when she clicks a link to learn more about a country. Be concise and clear. Avoid jargon. Spell out any relevant acronyms. This should be written last, though it appears first.
You need only include Background information that is relevant for understanding the current development context in your country of choice. This might include historical facts, social or religious contexts that impact on development, relevant ethno-cultural details, geography, and other present circumstances. For example, does it have a colonial legacy? Has it recently escaped violent conflict? Is it on the list of Highly-Indebted Poor Countries? Is it landlocked or very arid? …etc.
Your sections on Development Successes and Challenges will be the most substantive part of the profile (and the most interesting to the reader). Their relative length will depend a great deal on just how well the country is doing, and particularly on how much progress it has made (or regression has occurred) in recent years. If things seem to be getting worse in certain areas, raise the concern. You can’t cover every aspect of development relevant to your country, but you can hit the biggies: health, wealth, education, inequality, and one or two others if your research suggests they are very important in your country. You will want to divide this section with sub-headings.
In a final half to full page, you will offer a set of Policy Recommendations. These can be in list form, or in a text box, but you should also include some brief discussion (What, precisely, are you recommending and why?). This is your chance to show off your creative and analytical skills.
For this assignment, feel free to adopt the style that suits you best. You might include graphs, tables, charts, or maps if they help to clarify the text, though do not use so many that you lose valuable space for the text itself. Be sure to use the Maximin logo (uploaded to Canvass in two formats). If you have questions or need guidance in your research, please do not hesitate to email me or come to my office hours.
Sources:
I am not interested in the quantity of your sources, but the quality. They should be reliable and authoritative. Generally, random websites and newspaper articles are not reliable sources for this kind of information. The “major players” are good places to start (USAID, DfID, World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, Oxfam, WHO, etc.) as well as reputable regional organizations and government websites.
Please cite all of your sources in your text. Yes, every little fact and figure. To avoid cluttered text, consider using footnotes for your citations. A complete list of references (any formal citation format is fine) should appear at the end.

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