Development, N.G.Os and Foreign Aid

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
07 January 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA L900 International Development,
BA L901 International Development (Including Year Abroad),
BA L902 International Development (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module examines international development and foreign aid combining theory, empirics and practice. In the first part of the module, we examine theories and concepts of development and the evaluation of development interventions. We then focus in on foreign aid. The second part of the module examines the policies and politics of foreign aid from the perspective of donor countries, international organizations and recipient countries. The third part of the module examines the, sometimes controversial, role of foreign aid in three issue areas: international security, migration and global health.

Module aims

Throughout the module, we examine a range of N.G.O. development programmes and their outcomes and, finally, students are given a chance to develop a proposal for a development programme of their own.

Module learning outcomes

Throughout the module, we examine a range of N.G.O. development programmes and their outcomes and, finally, students are given a chance to develop a proposal for a development programme of their own.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

1 x 2 hour seminar per week


  • Martin Ravallion. (2003) 'The Debate on Globalization, Poverty and Inequality: Why Measurement Matters', in International Affairs. vol. 79 (4) , pp.739-753
  • Sarah Blodgett BermeoDavid Leblang. (2015) 'Migration and Foreign Aid', in International. vol. 69 (3) , pp.627-657
  • Gamso, Jonas; Yuldashev, Farhod. (2018-12-01) 'Targeted Foreign Aid and International Migration: Is Development-Promotion an Effective Immigration Policy?', in International Studies Quarterly. vol. 62 (4) , pp.809-820
  • Neumayer, Eric. (2003) The pattern of aid giving: the impact of good governance on development assistance, London: Routledge. vol. 34
  • de Haas, Hein. (2007-09) 'Turning the Tide? Why Development Will Not Stop Migration', in Development and Change. vol. 38 (5) , pp.819-841
  • Kuziemko, Ilyana; Werker, Eric. (2006-10) 'How Much Is a Seat on the Security Council Worth? Foreign Aid and Bribery at the United Nations', in Journal of Political Economy. vol. 114 (5) , pp.905-930
  • Bräutigam, Deborah A.; Segarra, Monique. (1990) 'Difficult Partnerships: The World Bank, States, and NGOs', in Latin American Politics and Society. vol. 49 (4) , pp.149-181
  • Alberto Alesina; Beatrice Weder. (Sep 2002) 'Do Corrupt Governments Receive Less Foreign Aid?', in The American Economic Review. vol. 92 (4) , pp.1126-1137
  • Haynes, Jeffrey. (2008) 'What is Development?', in Development studies, Cambridge: Polity., pp.1-17
  • Ravallion, Martin. (2009) 'Evaluation in the Practice of Development', in The World Bank Research Observer. vol. 24 (1) , pp.29-53
  • Alesina, Alberto; Dollar, David. (2000) 'Who Gives Foreign Aid to Whom and Why?', in Journal of Economic Growth. vol. 5 (1) , pp.33-63
  • Ezrow, Natasha M.; Frantz, Erica; Kendall-Taylor, Andrea. (2015) Development and the state in the 21st century: tackling the challenges facing the developing world, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Simmons, P.J. (1998) 'Learning to live with NGOs', in Foreign Policy. (112) , pp.82-96
  • Easterly, William. (2002) 'How Did Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Become Heavily Indebted? Reviewing Two Decades of Debt Relief', in World Development. vol. 30 (10) , pp.1677-1696
  • Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo. (2007) 'The Economic Lives of the Poor', in The Journal of Economic Perspectives. vol. 21, pp.141-168
  • Temple, Jonathan R. W. (2010) 'Aid and Conditionality', in Handbook of Developmental Economics. vol. 5, pp.4415-4523
  • Easterly, William. (2003) 'Can Foreign Aid Buy Growth?', in The Journal of Economic Perspectives. vol. 17 (3) , pp.23-48
  • Brown, Stephen; Grävingholt, Jörn. (2016) 'Security, Development and the Securitization of Foreign Aid', in The Securitization of Foreign Aid, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan., pp.1-17
  • Berthélemy, Jean-Claude; Beuran, Monica; Maurel, Mathilde. (2009-10) 'Aid and Migration: Substitutes or Complements?', in World Development. vol. 37 (10) , pp.1589-1599
  • Karns, Margaret P.; Mingst, Karen A.; Stiles, Kendall W. (2015) International organizations: the politics and processes of global governance, Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Robeyns, Ingrid. (2006-09) 'The Capability Approach in Practice*', in Journal of Political Philosophy. vol. 14 (3) , pp.351-376
  • Arndt, Channing; Tarp, Finn. (2017-05) 'Aid, Environment and Climate Change', in Review of Development Economics. vol. 21 (2) , pp.285-303
  • Peinhardt, Clint; Sandler, Todd. (2015) 'Foreign Aid and Global Health', in Transnational cooperation: an issue-based approach, New York, NY: Oxford University Press., pp.120-147
  • Burnside, Craig; Dollar, David. (2000) 'Aid, Policies, and Growth', in The American Economic Review. vol. 90 (4) , pp.847-868
  • Radelet, Steven. (2003) 'Bush and Foreign Aid', in Foreign. vol. 82 (5) , pp.104-1172003
  • Easterly, William. (2001-11) 'Debt Relief', in Foreign Policy. (127) , pp.20-
  • Cosgrave, John. (no date) The Impact of the War on Terror on Aid Flows, Chard: ActionAid.
  • Dupuy, Kendra; Prakash, Aseem. (2018-02) 'Do Donors Reduce Bilateral Aid to Countries With Restrictive NGO Laws? A Panel Study, 1993-2012', in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. vol. 47 (1) , pp.89-106
  • Hertz, Noreena. (2005) 'Why We Must Defuse The Debt Threat', in Contributions to Political Economy. vol. 24 (1) , pp.123-133
  • Daron Acemoglu; James Robinson; Simon Johnson. (2003) 'Disease and Development in Historical Perspective', in Journal of the European Economic Association: MIT Press.
  • Hübler, Michael. (2017-02) 'The Future of Foreign Aid in a Globalizing World with Climate Change', in Global Policy. vol. 8 (1) , pp.41-51
  • Johansson, Pernilla. (2010-9) 'Debt Relief, Investment and Growth', in World Development. vol. 38 (9) , pp.1204-1216
  • Jeffrey Sachs; Pia Malaney. (2002) 'The economic and social burden of malaria.', in Nature. vol. 415 (6872) , pp.680-5
  • Starrs, Ann M. (2017-02) 'The Trump global gag rule: an attack on US family planning and global health aid', in The Lancet. vol. 389 (10068) , pp.485-486
  • Collier, Paul. (2007) 'Bad Governance in a Small Country', in The bottom billion: why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it, Oxford: Oxford University Press., pp.64-76

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay on Impact Evaluation  10/02/2020  30% 
Coursework   Concept Note  09/03/2020  40% 
Coursework   Critical Summary  16/03/2020  30% 

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Miranda Simon, email: miranda.simon@essex.ac.uk.
Dr. Miranda Simon
Module Supervisor: Miranda Simon - miranda.simon@essex.ac.uk / Module Administrator: Lewis Olley - govquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Arzu Kibris
University of Warwick
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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