Powerful Organizations and Groups


This page provides and introduction to all the main global organizations. It includes video and text resources as well PDF resources and a fact find sheet. There are a number of ways the resources can be used, either independently or in pairs or groups. Students can role play a global organization or simply present one. Students should all complete a fact find worksheet. The lesson concludes with a discussion on the geopolitical influence these organizations have and how this reflects on the influence and power of different nations.

Enquiry Question

What is the role of the main powerful global organizations?

Lesson Time: 1 Hour

Lesson Objectives:

To describe the role and function of the main global organizations including:

  • G7/8, G20 and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) groups
  • Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) influence over energy policies
  • global lending institutions, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and New Development Bank (NDB)

Teacher Notes:

Starter- Logo starter of Global Organizations - Show the gallery and discuss how well the students know the gallery of logos

1.  Student Assessment - Global Organization Fact find - This can be done either through the site and resources provided or through the PDF resource and video support. Students should complete the table worksheet on the different international organizations. This activity can be independent student work on their one-to-one devices, led from the front or set up as pair/group activity

Starter Activity_ Name that Global Organization?_Power

How many of these global organizations can you recognize by their logos alone?

Student Assessment - Global Organizations Fact Find - Power and Processes

Using the resources on the site or the printed resource pack the main aim is to complete the fact find worksheet on the different global organizations.

This can be done in a number of ways...

  1. It can be independent work on the site via a one-to-one device
  2. It can be done independently or in pairs via the printed resource pack
  3. It can be done as a table exercise with each student becoming an expert in one of the organizations and presenting back. They should write a short speech whereby they introduce themselves as a global organization and cover the content in the fact find worksheet. This is always fun when done dressed up in suits.

Follow up the presentations with a discussion on the role of these global organizations. To what extent is power and influence in play? How do these organizations reflect the geopolitical missions of different countries? To what extent is there a north/south divide evident? Does this matter?

To access the fact find worksheet and structured resources on the global organization click here

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