The role of weak institutions in underdevelopment


1.   Use the Internet to research one developing nation from the list at the bottom of this paragraph. Your research should include an examination of the effects that the distribution of foreign aid can have on a developing country, as well as the material covered by the Webtext and lectures in Weeks 1 through 3.


Countries you may write about are as follows and no other country will be acceptable. Note: Haiti, Rwanda, Sudan, Egypt, Iraq, Sierra Leone and Columbia are not on this list.


Middle East                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Libya                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Gaza                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lebanon


The Central African Republic                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mozambique                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Liberia                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Zimbabwe (after transition from Rhodesia)

Latin America


East Asia, Southeast and Southwest Asia

Japan (after WWII)                                                                                                                                                                                                                            India or Pakistan after the 1971 war over Bangladesh                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vietnam                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


Germany (after WWII)                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kosovo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ukraine

2.   Write at least a three page research paper in which you:

  1. Identify the weak institutions that make it so difficult to advance development in the Third World country that you have selected.  Support your response with concrete examples of each of the results that you have cited.
  2. Analyze the specific actions that the leadership of the selected country has taken, through the use of its foreign aid from donor nations and international lending institutions, to relieve the severe problems caused by institutional failure and conflict.
  3. Discuss whether or not the state’s internal institutions are working to improve development in the selected country. Support your response with examples.
  4. Use at least five good academic resources in this assignment, excluding Wikipedia, blogs, dictionaries, encyclopedias and other nonacademic material. Approval of resources is at the instructor’s discretion.


3.   When referencing the selected resources, please use the following format: 

  • Webtext Format:
    • Name of the author. Name of title. Retrieved from website URL.

Soomo. Understanding Development [Webtext]. Retrieved from


  • Lecture Format:
    • Name of the Author. Name of the lecture [lecture type]. Retrieved from lecture URL.

Strayer University. (2013). Understanding Development [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from


  • Internet Resources:
    • Author’s Name. (Date of publication). Title of the resource. Retrieved from website URL.

Westwald, Eric. (2014). Portraits of People Living on a Dollar a Day. Retrieved from


4.   Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

·         Contain no abstract and be at least three pages of written text in length, excluding tables and graphs.

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow the APA format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.


5.   The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

·         Analyze how funding in the form of aid, investment, and loans moves from industrialized nations to the developing world to alleviate the problems caused by warfare.

·         Use technology and information resources to research issues in sociology of developing countries.

  • Write clearly and concisely about sociology of developing countries using proper writing mechanics.



6. Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the rubric found in the student course guide.

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