After successfully passing the course, the student
- has knowledge of and is familiar with the characteristics, historical background, actors and governance of international development cooperation, including its multi-level character, the private-public divide and the broader societal and geo-political context of international development cooperation;
- has on an introductory level knowledge of theories and international debates on the possibilities and limitations of international development cooperation and is familiar with topical issues and dilemma’s;
- is able to value and appreciate the contested nature of development cooperation and to reflect on concrete issues related to, among others, efficiency, global citizenship and ethics;
- is able to analyse concrete issues concerning the governance of international development cooperation on different levels.
International Development Cooperation (IDC) is more contested than ever. Aid addiction, corruption and neo-colonialism are just some of the terms that are used to portrait IDC as not effective and not meeting its goals. At the same time, the need for international cooperation and support for fighting poverty, safeguarding human rights, sheltering refugees, facilitating peace processes or realizing global public goods, is greater than ever.
In this course we explore this world of international development cooperation by looking at the institutions and actors involved on different levels and at the processes through which attempts are made to coordinate and govern these processes: From the UN and the institutions of Bretton Woods (World Bank, IMF) to national policies and involvement of NGO’s.
During the first part of the course we focus on the history, characteristics and context of IDC. In the second part we focus on different (theoretical perspectives) and in the third part of the course we look at specific (professional) practices of development cooperation. Invited speakers from within the field of development cooperation will guide us in this.
Throughout the course we will discuss concrete and topical cases, dilemmá’s and controversies.
This course consists of lectures, assigned readings and seminar meetings. Seminars are actively prepared by assigned student groups.
Please note that for non-USG bachelor students the course Introduction public administration and organizational science (USG5520/USG5020) or another introductional course covering the subject of public administration is recommended.