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2016/2017  KAN-CCBLO2010U  Managing Development Intervention in Sub-Saharan Africa

English Title
Managing Development Intervention in Sub-Saharan Africa

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Lotte Thomsen - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
  • International political economy
Last updated on 13-12-2016
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Analyse the interplay of aid rhetoric, policy, management, practice and impact in relation to development aid interventions.
  • Outline and assess the relevance, design, effectiveness and sustainability of various types of private sector development programmes.
  • Apply and assess analytical tools of development aid management, including planning, implementation and evaluation.
Course prerequisites
Bachelor in social sciences
Managing Development Intervention in Sub-Saharan Africa:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
The paper should be written and structured as an academic paper containing an introduction, an analysis, and a conclusion. The paper must use academic referencing. The length of the exam paper must not exceed 10 standard pages, not including front page, table of contents, references and possible annexes. Each page may, on average, consist of 2,275 characters (including spaces), e.g. equal to 35 lines of 65 characters each. The pages should have a margin of at least 3 cm at the top and bottom, and at least 2 cm in the sides. The font has to be at least pitch 11. Tables, figures, illustrations etc. do not count towards the number of characters, but do not entitle you to exceed the maximum number of pages allowed. This means that, in practice, all forms of illustrations count as the amount of text they supplant.
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 72 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The course aims to provide students with a conceptual and theoretical overview of the discourse in development studies and policies. It will introduce students to a range of more practical analytical tools and experiences with development assistance intervention in general and in SSA in particular. Within the contemporary context of international development policies the course emphasizes in particular market and business sector driven development including aid interventions in support of local business development and poverty alleviation. The course covers international aid strategies, experiences and analytical tools and draws upon practical and theoretical experiences of course faculty.


The course covers four overall and interrelated topics: The first topic consists of an introduction to the trends in international development assistance with particular emphasis on the evolution of policy aims, themes and strategies of donor countries in relation to African countries. It will examine the overall context of aid including trends in Africa, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While the focus will mainly be on OECD country-based donors, we will also look at the role of non-traditional donors that are increasingly important in Africa, namely China. The second topic drawing on examples from Africa is concerned with methodologies and tools for planning, implementing, evaluating and communicating development interventions). We focus on management tools such as the Logical Framework Analysis (LFA), Theory of change and evaluation methodology. The third topic is business sector or Private Sector Development (PSD) programmes. We will discuss and assess the relevance, design, effectiveness and long-term sustainability of the various types of PSD programmes and related analytical tools. The fourth and final topic will address the cross cutting questions of impact of aid including on poverty alleviation and pro-poor aid interventions emphasising the potential impacts of aid on poverty reduction and recent initiatives to combat world poverty, i.e. the overriding objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals

Teaching methods
Lectures, group work, workshop, guest lectures with practical content
Student workload
Lectures 30 hours
Preparation and exam 176 hours
Total 206 hours
Last updated on 13-12-2016