top of page

Video - Why is Africa So Poor?


Why is Africa so poor? Economic historian Nathan Nunn explores the long-term effects of Africa's slave trades.

This video is part of our schools series 'Why isn’t the whole world developed?', which draws on economic history to understand the effect of colonisation and imperial interventions. The project is delivered by Discover Economics and the CAGE Research Centre.

Who is the resource aimed at?

Suitable for key stage 4 and key stage 5 students (14 to 18 year olds)

How can the resource be used?

This video can be used as a standalone resource, or with the teaching suggestions below to form a full lesson.

How does the resource link to the curriculum?

We have been lucky to have Miss Short, Head of Humanities, review the video and provide some suggestions for use in your classroom.

This week's video is ideal for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 History lessons covering the impact and legacy of the transatlantic slave trade in Africa.

It also provides insight into the disciplinary process of using primary source material and archives to investigate Professor Nunn's hypothesis.

This video could also be utilised within Geography lessons studying Africa; specifically, as an introduction to the role slavery had upon the development of different African countries.

How long will the activity take?

Depending on how many of the resources you use, you can make this activity take up more or less time. Take a look at the suggested learning activities below.


Teacher's notes

Teacher's notes - video 1
Download PDF • 157KB

Associated resources

Why is Africa So Poor - Short Paper
Download PDF • 167KB

bottom of page