Country-Specific Research

It’s been a while since this page has been updated, so I figured that something should be put up here. I, and presumably the rest of the SOCHUM team are kind of busy with papers and other end of semester stuff, so I don’t have time for much here. So, here are some tips on researching stuff specifically related to your country’s position. These come directly from the WHO blog on this site, which has been much more active than ours.

1 – Try your country’s government website. This will provide most information you need about your country’s policies. For instance, if you go to Canada’s website, you can find all sorts of stuff. A good way to start is to go to the Resource Center drop-down menu and click on A-Z index. From there you can find “Family” for information on Family Planning.

2 – For less developed countries, you may need to get creative. A good idea is to go to their site anyways, find what you can and extrapolate. For instance, Somalia’s site has a whole page on UN Failures. From the mere existence of that page, you can guess that Somalia may take UN resolutions with a grain of salt and may not be the first in line to volunteer resources to the UN.

3 – If you know an official language of your country: Take advantage of it! The website is probably much better in an official language than in English. Another idea is to start with factual information. Use something like the US Department of State to find facts about your country.

4 – The news is a great place to get information about what’s happening now, both around the issue and around your country. For instance, BBC, CBC, Al Jazeera, New York Times and CNN are all great sources.


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