Development, N.G.Os and Foreign Aid
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
19 May 2022
Requisites for this module
BA L900 International Development,
BA L901 International Development (Including Year Abroad),
BA L902 International Development (Including Placement Year),
BA L921 International Development (Including Foundation Year)
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.
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.
This module aims to give students:
1. An introduction to theories and concepts of international development, including those used in practical settings by NGOs, intergovernmental organizations and researchers.
2. A multifaceted understanding of foreign aid, by examining three different perspectives: donor countries, intergovernmental organizations and international NGOs, and recipient countries.
3. An examination of important debates in foreign aid through the lens of three important issue areas.
By the end of this module, students will have:
1. A detailed understanding of key concepts and theories of international development.
2. A critical awareness of the various actors and perspectives in the study of international development.
3. Critical problem-solving skills applied to difficult issues in international development.
No additional information available.
1 x 2 hour seminar per week
Haynes, J. (2008) ‘What is Development?’, in Development studies. Cambridge: Polity, pp. 1–17.
Robeyns, I. (no date) ‘The Capability Approach in Practice*’, Journal of Political Philosophy
, 14(3), pp. 351–376. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9760.2006.00263.x
Alesina, A. and Dollar, D. (no date) ‘Who Gives Foreign Aid to Whom and Why?’, Journal of Economic Growth
, 5(1), pp. 33–63. Available at: https://www.jstor.org/stable/40216022
Hertz, N. (no date) ‘Why We Must Defuse The Debt Threat’, Contributions to Political Economy
, 24(1), pp. 123–133. Available at: https://doi-org.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/10.1093/cpe/bzi006
Johansson, P. (no date) ‘Debt Relief, Investment and Growth’, World Development
, 38(9), pp. 1204–1216. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2009.11.021
Easterly, W. (no date b) ‘How Did Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Become Heavily Indebted? Reviewing Two Decades of Debt Relief’, World Development
, 30(10), pp. 1677–1696. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-750X(02)00073-6
Karns, M.P., Mingst, K.A. and Stiles, K.W. (2015) ‘Promoting Economic Well-Being and Human Development’, in International organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance. 3rd edn. Boulder, US: Lynne Rienner Publishers, pp. 425–466.
Dietrich, S. (no date) ‘Bypass or Engage? Explaining Donor Delivery Tactics in Foreign Aid Allocation*’, International Studies Quarterly
, 57(4), pp. 698–712. Available at: https://search-ebscohost-com.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bsu&AN=92886740&site=ehost-live&authtype=sso&custid=s9814295
Banks, N. and Hulme, D. (2012) ‘The Role of NGOs and Civil Society in Development and Poverty Reduction’, Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Papers
. Manchester, UK: University of Manchester. Available at: https://www.gdi.manchester.ac.uk/research/publications/gdi-working-papers/bwpi-wp17112/
Green, D. (2012) ‘Introduction’, in From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States Can Change the World
. 2nd edn. Rugby, UK: Practical Action, pp. 1–14. Available at: https://policy-practice.oxfam.org/resources/from-poverty-to-power-2nd-edition-how-active-citizens-and-effective-states-can-249411/
Ezrow, N., Frantz, E. and Kendall-Taylor, A. (2016b) ‘Foreign Aid and NGOs’, in Development and the State in the 21st Century: Tackling the Challenges Facing the Developing World
. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 278–301. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/reader.action?docID=4763198&ppg=291
Rutzen, D. (no date) ‘Authoritarianism Goes Global (II): Civil Society Under Assault’, Journal of Democracy
, 26(4), pp. 28–39. Available at: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/595920
Clemens, M.A. and Postel, H.M. (2018) ‘Deterring Emigration with Foreign Aid: An Overview of Evidence from Low-Income Countries.’ Washington, US: Center for Global Development. Available at: https://www.cgdev.org/publication/deterring-emigration-foreign-aid-overview-evidence-low-income-countries
Raty, T. and Shilhav, R. (2020) ‘The EU Trust Fund for Africa: Trapped Between Aid Policy and Migration Politics.’ Nairobi, KE: Oxfam. Available at: https://doi.org/10.21201/2020.5532
Rubenstein, J.C. (2015) ‘The Problem of Spattered Hands’, in Between Samaritans and States: The Political Ethics of Humanitarian INGOs
. 1st edn. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 87–114. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684106.003.0004
Goodhand, J. and Chamberlain, P. (no date) ‘“Dancing with the Prince”: NGO’s Survival Strategics in the Afghan Conflict’, Development in Practice
, 6(3), pp. 196–207. Available at: https://www.jstor.org/stable/4029114
Hübler, M. (no date) ‘The Future of Foreign Aid in a Globalizing World with Climate Change’, Global Policy
, 8(1), pp. 41–51. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/1758-5899.12351
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
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