Courses in: International Development

Financing Inclusive Businesses

This course assesses the role of inclusive business (IB) as a strategy for economic growth, private-­‐sector development and poverty reduction, and the two main IB financing modalities: bank debt and private equity. Analytical frameworks are provided for understanding how IB strategies incorporate and affect the poor as consumers, producers, suppliers, distributors and employees.

Economic Policy Analysis

How to make decisions in light of pervasive uncertainties? How to think about incentive structures faced by decision-makers, and think through unintended consequences of one’s decisions?

Economics, for better or worse, is organized common sense. No more, also no less. This class makes use of the toolkit given to us by economics and applies them to real-world policy problems.

Digital Communications for Advocacy and Politics

This course examines digital content marketing for nonprofits, NGOs and corporate philanthropy through a practical lens. Through case studies across industries, it explores professional digital marketing, and develops fundamentals for digital professionals including principles of design thinking, strategy, measurement, analytics and more.

Scaling Social Enterprises - Experiential Field Course

This course will provide a field opportunity for students to investigate the current practices of an El Salvadoran social enterprise, Acceso Oferta Local – Productos de El Salvador, which aggregates agricultural and fish & seafood products procured from low-­income producers and fishers for sale to local off-­takers. This social enterprise has successfully scaled since its inception in 2013 to grow to over $5M in revenue along with supported claims of significant impact on more than 1,000 producer and fisher livelihoods and resulting paradigm shifts to practices of local sourcing.

Making Global Governance Work in a Post-Globalization Era

Globalization and global governance institutions have become hotly contested in some national political arenas, and political pressures around the world have grown on multilateral institutions to improve their effectiveness and value for money. As public debate and division on these subjects intensifies around the world, students of public administration and future professionals should be equipped to critically examine the evidence, theory and practice of global governance and globalization, and to apply this knowledge to solving real-world policy problems.

Policy Advocacy Evaluation: Designing Rigorous and Useful Evaluations

This class explores the important evaluation area of policy advocacy evaluation. As development practice shifts to focus on the structural drivers of poverty around the world, and seek long-term social and institutional change, interventions increasingly involve shaping policies, programs and social norms. This class examines the theoretical and practical challenges of measuring influence on policy deliberation and implementation. It explores emerging approaches developed to provide rigor and actionable insights about what works and what doesn’t.

Environmental Planning: Communities, Fairness, and Beyond

What are the possibilities and limits that communities, broadly conceived, encounter for achieving environmental justice at the intersection of race, class, gender and caste? This course develops a framework for understanding key issues in Environmental Planning and Activism from the perspective of communities, collective action and fairness. Students will also be encouraged to begin developing their own philosophical orientation and toolkit for practice.

Constructing National Development Strategies

In this course, students examine the challenges and opportunities of national development. Following Lant Pritchett, we define national development as the lockstep improvement in (i) economic productivity, (ii) political representation, (iii) public sector’s administrative capacity, and (iv) respect for minority rights. In contrast to targeted or piece-meal policy interventions that strive to improve conditions in one sector or alleviate the poverty of a chosen group, the pursuit of national development promises sustained gains to the entire nation.

Immigration Politics and Policy -- Past and Present

The politics of immigration and immigration policy seem more critical now than ever.  Public debates about immigration have roiled nations around the world, and disagreements about how immigration should be regulated, who should have the right to migrate, what political rights immigrants should have once they cross a border, and how immigrants should participate in the economy have strained political alliances and upended norms of political discourse.  In some cases, conflicts over immigration debates have been used to justify the overhaul of political institutions.  However, these are not

Managing Humanitarian Challenges: Delivery and Logistics

“Boots  on  the  ground”  create  the  action  in  humanitarian  action. Whether  it  be  medicines,  tents,  blankets,   pumps,  textbooks, communications  equipment  or  vehicles,  materials  and  supplies  must  be  in  place  for   humanitarian  response  to  take  place. Humanitarian  logistics  is  the  management  and  execution  of  the   activities  needed  to  plan  for  and  move  relief  materials  and supplies,  along  with  related  funds  and   information,  from  suppliers  to  beneficiaries.

Comparative Land Use Planning

Land underpins everything, and configurations of land rights and institutions can dramatically shape how cities grow, and for whom. As one of the most contentious aspects of planning, land use is also a central way for the public sector to intervene in urban development to promote more equitable and just outcomes.

NGO Accountability

This short course will explore the concept of accountability within humanitarian intervention. In particular it will look at the contemporary significance of accountability for humanitarian response – when and why it has become an important concept for humanitarian intervention, and specific events that have led to a shift from donors to recipients of aid as the agents of accountability. 
Key questions that will be explored include: