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2013/2014  KAN-CMO_DAPP  Development aid – policies, possible impact and management

English Title
Development aid – policies, possible impact and management

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Course period Second Quarter
Changes in course shedule may occur.
Tuesday 09.50-13.20, week 44-50
Tuesday 09.50-14.15, week 51
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Søren Villadsen - Department of Business and Politics (DBP)
Administrative contact: Maja Dueholm (md.ikl@cbs.dk)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • International Political Economy
  • Management
Last updated on 10-04-2013
Learning objectives
The course will make it possible for the participant to understand, analyse and reflect critically on development policies, ideology and management. The course will offer opportunities for students to analyse and understand both theoretical, ideological and practical concerns related to development cooperation. The course aims at providing an understanding of international and national organisations and how these operate.
The course will facilitate the students’ capacity to critically analyse policy papers and political decisions and their possible effect.
Exam at master level in Development aid, policies, possible impact and management:
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual
Individual and group projects and examinations are possible
Size of written product Max. 20 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
Development aid and development cooperation has been debated for years. The criticism from researchers and others has been harsh. But political leaders and ordinary people e.g. in Denmark have generally supported to give development aid. The most radical critique maintains that development aid is worse than nothing.
The critical and supportive ideas and research will be presented and discussed in the course based on international analyses and the lecturer’s own research and experience in the field from more than 20 developing countries and a number of middle income countries as government advisor and evaluator. Policies, ideology and agendas in development cooperation will be identified.
The principles for development cooperation and development policies have changed fundamentally over time. And the development cooperation forms have changed as well.
Several main phases of development policies and ideology can be identified and will be discussed. What were the reasons for these changes? What impact did the changes have?
The main points of criticism include:
Countries not receiving development aid have done better than the big receivers. Development aid is based on donors’ policies and economic interests. Transaction costs are high and management is poor. A dependency syndrome is developed etc. Donors are poorly organized and “are doing their own thing”.
However, policy makers and international organizations point to major successes in reaching the millennium development goals and the Paris Declaration targets.
Development aid has moved from infrastructure projects to human development, poverty alleviation and through the Washington and Post Washington consensus. These developments will be analysed in the course.
How has the Danish development cooperation changed over time? And how has the European Union operated within the general principles of UN? How has effectiveness and efficiency developed?
In times where the economy is growing in several developing countries and in middle income countries such as the BRIC countries reasons for this will be debated. With reference to this new situation the Chinese development policy should also be discussed.  China’s activities in Africa and the difference between China and Western donors will be analysed.
Apart from scholarly contributions various key policy documents will be used. This includes UN and EU declarations, the Paris Declaration and the follow-ups on this.
The students are expected to write a report based on the topics covered in the course and pertinent parts of the course literature.
Teaching methods
- Lectures
- Plenary discussions
- Students’ presentations of report drafts
- Group discussions
Expected literature

William Easterly, The White Man’s Burden. Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. New York: Penguin Group, 2006.
Rita Abrahamsen, The World Bank’s Good Governance Agenda, International Development Studies, (2004) Roskilde University, Occasional
Papers. Paper No. 24, plus
Disciplining Democracy. Development Discourse and Good Governance in Africa, London and New York, Zed Books, 2000.
Andrea Gallina og Søren Villadsen eds.: New Challenges and Opportu-nities for Local Development, Social Cohesion and Innovation, Catania: ed.it, (Interreg) December 2007.
Jeffrey D. Sachs, The End of Poverty. Economic Possibilities for Our Time. New York: Penguin Books, 2005
Project Syndicate. A World of Ideas: Economics and Justice: Jeffrey D. Sachs, Famine and Hope in the Horn of Africa, 31.7.2011.
A Short History of the Washington Consensus
John Williamson
Senior Fellow, Institute for International Economics
Paper commissioned by Fundación CIDOB for a confe-rence “From the Washington
Consensus towards a new Global Governance,” Barcelona, September 24–25, 2004.
The Post-Washington
Development After the Crisis
Nancy Birdsall and Francis Fukuyama
Jeremy Sachs,
The Paris Declaration, OECD 2005
UN Millennium Goals, UN 2000
China’s  Independent Foreign Policy
Joint statement by the Council and the representatives of the governments of the Member States meeting within the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission on European Union Development Policy: ‘The European Consensus’ (2006/C 46/01)
Measuring the Quality of Aid: QuODA Second Edition
Executive Summary for the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, Busan, Korea, November 29–December 1, 2011
Nancy Birdsall, Homi Kharas, and Rita Perakis www.cgdev.org/content/publications/detail/1425642

Last updated on 10-04-2013