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Gates Foundation Seeks Proposals to Improve Population Sustainability
(Nichada Thani, Pak Kret, Thailand) The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is pleased to announce its donation of $5 Billion in support of global population sustainability programs.  Nations interested in competing for these funds should be prepared to make specific, detailed proposals at International School Bangkok by submitting their completed slideshow of policy proposals. 

Deadline: Wed 19 Oct & Thu 20 Oct 2022


You and a partner will select a nation from a list provided and will present to the Gates Foundation a policy proposal with rationale, budget, conceptual goals, and measurable definitions of success designed to achieve a sustainable long-term population for your country. 

Create and deliver a presentation that includes all required visuals.  Students PRESENT this proposal equally in a professional and engaging manner.  Ideas will be organized for clarity and demonstrate understanding.  Information will be gathered from relevant information using a wide variety of trusted sources.  You do NOT READ your presentation to the audience.

This is a speech project.   Create a speech that is well rehearsed, informative, smooth, calm, and confident (8-10 minutes - can be a bit longer, but not shorter).  

A minimum five - seven slide PowerPoint, Prezi, or Google presentation to support your speech (must include a final google slide of all URL / links used for research).

Objectives for this Assignment:

  • Objective 1: Complete a detailed discussion of concepts, issues, models, and theories that are relevant and cover all aspects of the task. 
  • Objective 2:  Students effectively use population pyramids, dependency ratios, and DTM to identify their country’s current status and effectively measure the success or failure of prior population sustainability efforts in that country.
  • Objective 3: Analyze the validity and relevance of evidence provided, including counterclaims, thus enabling readers to best understand the context, opposing viewpoints, and rationale behind the arguments. 
  • Objective 4:  Students propose a clear, specific program (including a budget, timeline, and measurement of success) to improve their country’s current population status. 
  • Objective 5:  Students explicitly discuss and connect their proposed future policies to up to three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 
  • Objective 6:  Provides thoughtful concluding sections that articulate implications and consequences (avoids significant problems or moral challenges) offer possible solutions and insights, and reinforce the significance of arguments and their validity.

*Here is a sample project that fits the format requirements (please note this is unfinished).


Elements Details and Time Length Requirements and Insights Int Expectations
Current Stage: Using current data, what is your nation’s present stage of the Demographic Transition Model?  (approx. 30 seconds) DTM required.
Analysis of Dependency Ratio: Give a history of the population trends in this country. Include the current shape of the population pyramid.  Comment on this. Calculate the dependency ratio.  Comment on the impact of youthful/ageing populations.  (approx. 30 seconds) Population Pyramid Required.
Policies up to the Present:

What, if any, population policies has your country used in the past? Were these anti-natalist of pro-natalist?  Are they mostly required policies or encouraged policies?  How successful have these efforts been?   (approx. 1 minute)

Proposals in bullet point format are required.
Proposed Future Policy:

Create a policy with multiple elements (you want the Gates Foundation to fund to ensure a sustainable future for the next 25-50 years).  Make sure your recommendations actually change from current practice or past policies and practical for the country’s current economic and social reality.   You must provide 

1) a budget for your proposed program as well as 

2) a date for completion and 

3) a measurable definition of “success.” 

*This is the most important part of your project - it requires the most critical thinking, creativity, and research.   (approx. 4-6 minutes)  

Make sure your proposed future policy has SMART goals and make them explicit (obvious) in your proposed future policy).  

  • S -    Specific change from the current policy

  • M-   Measurable definition of success

  • A-    Achievable – provide a sustainable future and explicitly connect to up to three  UN Sustainability Goals 

  • R -   Realistic – practical for the country economy and social reality

  • T-    Time – date of completion for your proposed policy


DEPTH is preferred to breadth for Proposed Future Policy.  This means students should create one program, but with only one, two, or maybe three specific initiatives within their program explained in depth.  Groups who just copy all of the ideas from Hans Rosling’s video on Bangladesh and “list” all the different initiatives with very little detail for each will not score well.  Students who choose one, two, or at most three of the particular plans and SHOW how it should be implemented in their country, using particulars of their country, and make it a bit different and new from what is already being done (a “spin” on the current initiative for example) will be the most successful.  

For example, for an Anti-Natal country, a group could focus only on Promoting Girls Education, but then go into depth on the specific ways how this could be achieved in that specific country. 

Prediction: What may be the potential challenges and successes of your policy recommendations?  This must show awareness of current events and cultural realities.  Are there any moral or ethical issues to consider about these policies that are relevant to your country’s population? Also, What will happen in 5 years?  10 years? (approx. 1 minute)  


Assessment rubric for this project    Helpful checklists for each stage
  Sample planning document
  Turning research into a proposal

Researching Strategies and Tips

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Research Process and Citations

Creating Citations or Works Cited Page?

  1. If you are using any of the databases offered at ISB, you can copy the citation from the database (remember we use MLA 8 at ISB). 
  2. You can create your own Research eNotes to capture your resources, ideas, quotes, and citations by clicking here.


Works Cited: A Quick Guide

MLA Handbook. 8th ed., New York, Modern Language Association of America, 2016.


Resources for this Project

Use this tool in two ways.  Begin by:

  1. Sign in to: using your ISB email
  2. Install the Google Chrome Extension.
  3. Set Up a New Project.
  4. Select MLA 9 as your default formatting Style
  5. Get Searching - when you come across a site you might want to use in your research click the MyBib Extension in Chrome to add it to your Project. It will automatically go to your Project where it is creating your Works Cited.  It will also include a preview of how to do an In-Text citation. 



Photos for Class - the best thing here is that the citation/credits for the photos come at the bottom of the image and avoid any plagiarism issues. 


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