INTL 422/522 Aid to Developing Countries
Course Syllabus and Outline
We will try to break down into small group discussions as much as possible. Therefore, try to finish all readings prior to the beginning of the segment in which they will be discussed. Limited recommended readings have been included as background supplements and for those who would like to read further on a given issue. Readings other than those from the required texts have been kept at a minimum, and are accessoble below via this course website.
1. To understand how the global system of bilateral and multilateral development assistance is structured and functions today, and to assess its effectiveness critically;
2. To understand the historical background to the current system, as well as various orientations towards globalization and development assistance;
3. To gain an awareness of the various actors involved in international development assistance and in the development process, particularly i) the United Nations and its constituent multilateral donor agencies; ii) key bilateral donor agencies (especially JICA and USAID); iii) international non-governmental organizations (INGOs); and iv) local non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
4. To learn specific skills including how a project is envisioned and planned, assessment tools (e.g., RRA, LFA and PRA), how to promote participatory development, and standard evaluative methods (e.g., ‘successes, failures and lessons learned’)
WEEK I September 24-26 Introduction to the course, the project process, and development assistance as an issue
Please review the project information and ascertain your top three choices for a group you’d like to be in. We will try to finalize the group project list on Monday of the second week of classes (thereby underscoring the importance of starting to research this early!). Tom Stave (International Documents, Knight library) joins us on October 10th to discuss strategies for project research.
WEEK II October 1-3 Historical contexts of Globalization and Development assistance
WEEK III October 8-10 The debate over what is to be developed
Link to op-ed by Jeffrey Sachs "Homegrown Aid" The New York Times April 8, 2009
WEEKS IV & V Major forms of assistance; Methods used in project planning,
Where does USAID's money go? (link to USAID website)
WEEK VI October 29 In-class mid-term examination
WEEK VI October 31 Policy dialogue and structural adjustment
WEEK VII November 5-7 Sustainability & Equity
WEEK VIII November 12-14 Democratization and Human Rights
The World Cup meets the MDGs! Link here
WEEK IX November 19-21 How does aid work?
*Note for November 19th: Based on additional information they have garnered from the donor profiles, each country group will make a 15-minute presentation based on their aid needs.
*Note for November 21st: We will hold our Aid Consortium Simulation, an opportunity for donor organizations and countries to meet face-to-face, make bargains and reach some understanding. The consortium will be held in Century Rooms A, B, C, D, E, and F in the EMU.
FINAL CLASS MEETING: Friday, November 30th, 6:30 p.m. [Final essay assignment due in class]
You are cordially invited to attend the concluding ceremonies of the International Development Assistance Consortium. Participants are requested to bring food and/or beverages from their respective countries. We will have the opportunity to critique the aid process as well as the course.
Please either don't use or clearly mark foods that contain these ingredients:
artificial sweetners; lactose; pineapple; pork
Note to delegates:
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