Play as a farmer in the third world in this online game, making decisions about what crops or livestock to pursue, tools and infrastructure to build, and whether or not to buy crop insurance or protection from local armed groups. It demonstrates not only some of the economics of farming, but also how to manage family health, security, droughts and floods, and other challenges of survival.
From the Active Learning in Political Science blog post: "Ayiti is a simple but fiendishly challenging simulation of poverty in Haiti, created through a partnership between Gamelab and Global Kids, with support from UNICEF and Microsoft. It's a great demonstration of the effects of productivity shocks in conditions of poverty. The setting is a poor Haitian family that is struggling to survive; the player must decide how to allocate the family's limited resources, manage risk, and pursue goals." Available for free but geared more toward younger audiences.
Articles, Books, and Conference Papers
Ansoms, An and Sara Geenen. 2012. “Simulating Poverty and Inequality Dynamics in Developing Countries.” Simulation and Gaming 43(6): 713-728. Abstract
Ansoms, An and Sara Geenen. 2012. “Development Monopoly: A Simulation Game on Poverty and Inequality.” Simulation and Gaming 43(6): 853-862. Abstract
Asal, Victor, Steve Sin, Nolan Fahrenkopf and She, Xiaoye. 2013. “The Comparative Politics Gameshow.” International Studies Perspectives 1-12. Abstract
Austin, W. Chadwick, Todd McDowell and David Sacko. 2006. “Synergy Across the Curriculum: Simulating the Institution of Postwar Iraqi Government.” Journal of Political Science Education 2(1): 89-112. Abstract
Biziouras, Nikolaos. 2012. "Parties and Party Leaders in Belgium: Measuring the Learning Effectiveness of Role-Playing Simulations in Government-Formation Processes." Paper presented at the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Washington, DC, February 17-19.
Biziouras, Nikolaos. 2013. “Midshipmen For a Coalition Government in Belgium: Lesson from a Role-Playing Simulation.” PS: Political Science & Politics. 46(2): 395-9. Abstract
Clarkson, Stephen. 1970. “Simulation in Teaching Comparative Politics: Playing French Games.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 3(3): 462-70. Abstract
Garrison, Jean, Steven Redd and Ralph Carter. 2010. “Energy Security under Conditions of Uncertainty: Simulating a Comparative Bureaucratic Politics Approach.” Journal of Political Science Education 6(1): 19-48. Abstract
Glazier, Rebecca A. 2011. “Running Simulations without Ruining Your Life: Simple Ways to Incorporate Active Learning into Your Teaching.” Journal of Political Science Education 7(4): 375-393. Abstract
Jimenez, Luis F. 2015. “The Dictatorship Game: Simulating a Transition to Democracy.” PS: Political Science & Politics 48(2): 353-7. Abstract
Kaarbo, Juliet, and Jeffrey S. Lantis. 1997. “Coalition Theory in Praxis: A Comparative Politics Simulation of the Cabinet Formation Process.” PS: Political Science and Politics 30(3): 501-6. Abstract
Kirschner, Shanna A. 2012. “Teaching the Middle East: Pedagogy in a Charged Classroom.” PS: Political Science and Politics 45(4): 753-758. Abstract
Marsh, Christopher and James Cole Bucy. 2002. “Negotiating Russian Federalism: A Simulation for Comparative Politics.” International Studies Perspectives 5 (1): 373-383. Abstract
Nishikawa, Katsuo A. and Joseph Jaeger. 2011. “A Computer Simulation Comparing the Incentive Structures of Dictatorships and Democracies.” Journal of Political Science Education 7(2): 135-142. Abstract
Obendorf, Simon and Claire Randerson. 2012. “The Model United Nations Simulation and the Student as Producer Agenda.” Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences 4(3). Abstract
Pallister, Kevin. 2015. “Teaching Globalization and Development through a Simulation.” PS: Political Science & Politics 48(2): 364-67. Abstract
Roper, Steven D. 2004. “Teaching Students How to be Revolutionaries or Reformers: A Course Simulation.” Innovations in Education and Teaching International 41(3): 245-253. Abstract
Shaw, Carolyn M. 2006. “Simulating Negotiations in a Three-Way Civil War.” Journal of Political Science Education 2(1): 51-71. Abstract
Shellman, Stephen M. 2001.“Active Learning in Comparative Politics: A Mock German Election and Coalition-Formation Simulation.” PS: Political Science and Politics 34(4): 827-34. Abstract
Switky, Bob. 2004. “Party Strategies and Electoral Systems: Simulating Coalition Governments.” PS: Political Science and Politics 37(1): 101-4. Abstract
Weiden, David L. 2009. “Comparing Judicial Institutions: Using an Inquisitorial Trial Simulation to Facilitate Student Understanding of International Legal Traditions.” PS: Political Science and Politics 42(4): 759-63. Abstract