Decentralized Development Planning and Policy Reform in Developing Countries

URPL-GP.2665, 3 points.

Semester: Fall


The last three decades have witnessed a global proliferation of public sector reform, decentralization, and democratization in developing countries. Traditional development planning has adapted to these trends as they have unfolded. This course presents an overview of the evolution of the theory and practice of planning in developing countries. A central theme is that the structure of a planning system and its success in producing good results depend heavily on the economic, political, institutional and cultural context of a particular country. The course outlines and evaluates conceptual planning models and systems, introduces a range of practices and tools used by local planners in developing countries, and reviews approaches used by international development agencies to support local development planning. The overall focus is on how local development planning systems can be designed to work effectively in different country contexts. Detailed case studies and exercises based on them are an integral part of the course.


CORE-GP.1022 or URPL-GP.2660; and PADM-GP 2201

Semester Instructor Syllabus Link
Fall 2014Paul SmokeSyllabus
Fall 2013Leonardo G. RomeoSyllabus
Fall 2012Paul SmokeSyllabus
Fall 2010Paul SmokeSyllabus
Fall 2009Paul SmokeSyllabus
Spring 2009Paul SmokeSyllabus
Semester Instructor Evaluation Link
Fall 2014Paul SmokeEvaluation
Fall 2014Leonardo RomeoEvaluation
Fall 2013Leonardo G. RomeoEvaluation
Fall 2010Smoke, PaulEvaluation
Fall 2010Romeo, LeonardoEvaluation
Fall 2009Smoke, PaulEvaluation
Fall 2009Romeo, LeonardoEvaluation
Spring 2009Smoke, PaulEvaluation
Spring 2009Romeo, LeonardoEvaluation
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