INTL 422/522 Aid to Developing Countries   

Spring 2015

Professor Anita M. Weiss











Course Requirements                                                                              Percentage of final grade

In-class midterm exam, May 5th Link to mid-term review will be here

Group project (see separate handout, link is here                35%
Essay assignment  link will be here
(due at the final class meeting on Friday June 5th)
Class participation
(e.g. questions/responses underscore efforts to understand course materials)

Please note: attendance at an additional class is mandatory:

Friday, June 5th, 6:30 pm, Lewis Lounge, Knight Law School. Concluding Ceremony of Aid Consortium and final presentations by Observers (INGOs)

For graduate students only: there is no additional requirement, per se, for graduate students. Instead, it is expected that they will be eminently prepared for all in-class discussions and take the lead (or share the lead) in facilitating the smooth operation of the group process in their respective group projects.

Required texts

(1) Easterly, William Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor Basic Books, 2015
(2) de Haan, Arjan How the Aid Industry Works: an Introduction to International Development Kumarian Press, 2009
(3) UN Open Working Group Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(4) Picard, Louis and Terry Buss A Fragile Balance: Re-examining the History of Foreign Aid, Security and Diplomacy Kumarian Press, 2009
(5) UNDP Human Development Report 2014 Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience (click for link to report)