the path to development
Introduction: This activity helps players understand how international economic relations between North and South cause hunger and exploitation in impoverished countries, also forcing people to leave their country of origin and how wealthy European countries contribute to the displacement of people by perpetuating the imbalance of North-South relations. There are clear links between the dominant unfair model of economic development and immigration and refugee movement.
- North-South relations and the imbalance governing them.
- The interdependence between people and countries in the North and the South.
- Development models and their consequences.
- Economic relations as one contributory factor in the development of racism and xenophobia.
- Solidarity, equality, world history.
Aims of the activity:
- To develop an understanding that the imbalance in North-South relations is one of the factors which forces people to seek better living conditions in other countries.
- To understand the interdependence between countries and people.
Number of participants:
Minimum 4 people, maximum 40.
Two hours in total. 75 minutes for the game and 45 minutes for the debriefing and evaluation.
Preparation and material needed:
1. Equipment needed for each team:
2. Game board (a photocopy enlargement will do very well).
3. Four round counters (made of cardboard, about 2 cm in diameter), one yellow and the three others of different colours e.g. brown, green and blue.
4. One dice.
5. Photocopy and cut up the sheet of action cards. If possible place them in a little box.
6. Seventy dried beans, pieces of macaroni or similar to serve as tokens (to represent resources).