Mary Kay Gugerty
PB AF 531
Addresses organization, administration and evaluation in governmental and non-governmental agencies involved in development efforts. Students examine development strategies, alternative management approaches, and management skills such as budgeting, finance, human resource development and program evaluation. Other topics include communication, expatriate/local power imbalances, decentralization, community involvement, culture, and personnel issues.
Managing and promoting effective international development is probably one of the most challenging professions in the field of public affairs. Solutions are often unclear, political obstacles are numerous, implementing organizations can be weak, and resources are typically scarce. Even the basic goal of “development” itself is often vague or hotly contested. Successful and ethical international development needs to be carried out in a way that respects and responds to the values, visions, and cultures of the societies themselves, with particular concern for the poorest and most vulnerable which are often marginalized rather empowered in international development and relief efforts.
With this in mind, this course focuses on institutional, organizational, and socio-cultural perspectives on development. We will examine these issues at three levels: global, national, and local, with our strongest focus on the national and local. The first two classes set the scene by presenting analytical frameworks through which we can examine current issues in development. The course then turns to issues of national public service delivery: many important services are public goods that need to be provided by the public sector. Thus, public sector service delivery is a key development issue. The final part of the course examines the management of development projects at the local level. The focus is on understanding and appreciating local contexts and on the interaction between the tools and approaches typical of development projects and the structure of local institutions.
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General method of instruction
Students who are not part of the International Development Certificate Program (IDCP) should see the instructor on the first day of class to discuss preparation.
Class assignments and grading