Leonardo G. Romeo
Adjunct Professor of International Development Planning

Leonardo G. Romeo is President of Local Development International (LDI) l.l.c., an international development consulting firm providing policy and technical advisory services to developing countries in support of decentralization reforms, good local governance and local development planning and management

In 2007 he retired as Principal Technical Adviser for Local Development Planning with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), after a career of 30 years dedicated to building local/municipal governments’ capacity and designing, managing and evaluating urban and rural infrastructure projects in developing countries.

His research, teaching and consulting work covers public sector decentralization reforms, local government planning/budgeting processes and investment projects planning and analysis in developing economies. Mr. Romeo holds a Dott.Arch. degree in Urban and Regional Planning (University of Venice, Italy) and a M.Sc.in Civil Engineering (Columbia University, New York, USA).

Semester Course
Fall 2014 URPL-GP.2652.001 International Development Project Planning

Projects are key instruments of development administration in developing countries and a widely used modality of international development assistance. The course will focus on public investment projects, with emphasis on urban and rural infrastructure and introduce students to the management of the project cycle, the logical framework approach to project planning and the techniques of financial and economic appraisal of investment projects, including risk analysis and the assessment of distributional effects and impact on poverty.


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Fall 2013 URPL-GP.2665.001 Decentralized Development Planning and Policy Reform in Developing Countries

The last three decades have witnessed a global proliferation of public sector restructuring, decentralization, and democratization in developing countries. Traditional development planning has adapted (unevenly) 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 with a particular focus on subnational governments. A central theme is that there are certain universal norms and processes in development planning, but the structure and performance of a planning system depend heavily on the economic, political, institutional and cultural context of a particular country. The course outlines and assesses planning models and systems, reviews approaches used by developing countries and international development agencies to support decentralization and local planning, and introduces a range of practices and tools used by local planners in developing countries. The overall focus is on how local planning systems, techniques and processes can be strategically designed and implemented to work effectively in different contexts. Detailed case studies and exercises based on them are an integral part of the course.


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Fall 2013 URPL-GP.2665.001 Decentralized Development Planning and Policy Reform in Developing Countries

The last three decades have witnessed a global proliferation of public sector restructuring, decentralization, and democratization in developing countries. Traditional development planning has adapted (unevenly) 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 with a particular focus on subnational governments. A central theme is that there are certain universal norms and processes in development planning, but the structure and performance of a planning system depend heavily on the economic, political, institutional and cultural context of a particular country. The course outlines and assesses planning models and systems, reviews approaches used by developing countries and international development agencies to support decentralization and local planning, and introduces a range of practices and tools used by local planners in developing countries. The overall focus is on how local planning systems, techniques and processes can be strategically designed and implemented to work effectively in different contexts. Detailed case studies and exercises based on them are an integral part of the course.


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Fall 2013 URPL-GP.2652.001 International Development Project Planning

Projects are key instruments of development administration in developing countries and a widely used modality of international development assistance. The course will focus on public investment projects, with emphasis on urban and rural infrastructure and introduce students to the management of the project cycle, the logical framework approach to project planning and the techniques of financial and economic appraisal of investment projects, including risk analysis and the assessment of distributional effects and impact on poverty.


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Fall 2012 URPL-GP.2652.001 International Development Project Planning

Projects are key instruments of development administration in developing countries and a widely used modality of international development assistance. The course will focus on public investment projects, with emphasis on urban and rural infrastructure and introduce students to the management of the project cycle, the logical framework approach to project planning and the techniques of financial and economic appraisal of investment projects, including risk analysis and the assessment of distributional effects and impact on poverty.


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