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. 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 and PRA), how to promote participatory development, and standard evaluative methods (e.g., ‘successes, failures and lessons learned’)
WEEK I April 4-6 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 by the end of the first week of classes (thereby underscoring the importance of starting to research this early!). The International Documents librarian joins us on April 6th to discuss strategies for project research.
WEEK II April 11-13 Historical contexts of Globalization and Development assistance
WEEK III April 18-20 The debate over what is to be developed
WEEKS IV & V Major forms of assistance; Methods used in project planning,
Review Guide for the Midterm will be here
WEEK VI May 9 In-class mid-term examination
WEEK VI May 11 Policy dialogue and structural adjustment
WEEK VII Democratization, Good Governance and Development
WEEK VIII "The Way Ahead"
*Note: Country reports and donor profiles due in class on May23rd and will be accessible via the course website (through the Participants page) by May 25th
Jeff Sachs "Work Needed to hit UN Poverty Goals" Boston Globe October 5, 2016
WEEK IX May 30-June 1 How does aid work?
*Note for May30th: 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 June 1st: 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 (TBD)
FINAL CLASS MEETING: Friday, June 9th, 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.
Note to delegates: