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Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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None. Previous internship or work experience in an international aid agency or NGO is desirable.

Course Description

The course aims at providing participants with a broad understanding of the international development scene and the emerging aid architecture. The respective mandates, priorities, policies and aid instruments of public and private stakeholders of the development finance landscape are outlined. The high level summits on development effectiveness, the international conferences on financing for development, the Millennium Development Goals and the post 2015 agenda are discussed in the light of their role in shaping the policies and politics of international development. The course is organized around the following themes: (i) actors of development finance: official and private funding; (ii) governance of the aid system; (iii) instruments of development cooperation; (iv) internal policies of agencies; (v) development effectiveness. The class will consider questions such as: Who are the main actors in development cooperation? How much do aid flows – official and private - represent? Where do they originate and what are they used for? Is there an overall governance of the aid system? How do aid agencies influence development policies and thinking? What are respective agendas and priorities of bilateral and multilateral organizations? What instruments, lending and non-lending, are used in development cooperation? What are the main innovations in development finance? Is aid effective and what evidence do we have that “aid works”? Objective of the course: Provide participants with a broad understanding of the international development scene and the emerging aid architecture.


  • CHAO, Wei-Ting (Teaching Assistant, Phd Student)
  • CHERVALIER, Benoît R. (Président, One2five advisory)
  • COHEN, Marc M. (Socio-économiste, Banque Africaine de Développement)

Pedagogical format

The methodology combines (i) structured lectures to introduce the key topics and concepts, (ii) individual or group assignments requiring students to research and critically review selected topics, (iii) discussion of development news. The emphasis is put on practical knowledge by making extensive use of agency reports.

Course validation

Group assignments: 40%. Individual assignments: 30%. Participation in class: 30%.


A total of twelve sessions of two hours each delivered in six weeks (four hours per week). Assignments require supplementary readings and independent research prior to the sessions.

Required reading

None; readings below are recommended

Additional required reading

  • An age of choice for development finance; ODI, 2016:
  • Multilateral Aid report, OECD, 2015:
  • Multilateral Aid report, OECD, 2015:
  • China, Africa and the international aid architecture, African Development Bank, 2010:
  • Guidance on Aid Instruments - full draft - A DFID Practice Paper, DFID, 2006:
  • Governance of the aid system and the role of the EU, Owen Barder et al.; ODI 2010;
  • Making Development Aid more Effective, The 2010 Brookings Blum Roundtable Policy Briefs:
  • Are AID Agencies Improving? William Easterley, Brookings Institution, NYU, 2007:
  • Development Cooperation report 2014. Mobilising Resources for sustainable development, OECD, 2014, Highlights:
  • Governance, development and aid effectiveness: a quick guide to complex relationships, ODI Briefing Paper, 2006:

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