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KINT 7750 - Doing Development in crisis situations

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Interest and knowledge of current conflicts (MENA and Africa regions more specifically). Willing to work in international organizations (NGOs, development, diplomacy, defense, international organizations etc.)

Course Description

Violent conflict is increasingly recognized as one of the big obstacles to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Its dramatic resurgence over the last few years has caused immense human suffering and has enormous global impact. Violent conflicts have also become more complex and protracted, involving more non-state groups and regional and international actors. And they are increasingly linked to global challenges such as climate change, natural disasters, cyber security and transnational organized crime. It is projected that more than half of the people living in poverty will be found in countries affected by high levels of violence by 2030. As the human, social and financial costs and complexity of violent conflict and its global impact grow, how do donors evolve to more effectively design program in conflict situations? The course will highlight how development actors adapt their strategies and operations in the most fragile contexts.


LHOTE, Xavier (Chargé de mission, Agence Française de Développement (AFD))

Pedagogical format

The course will be both theoretical and practical to put the emphasis on the difficulties donors are facing to implement programs in the most complex areas. Professionals from different institutions (defense, diplomacy, NGOs etc.) will contribute to the course and highlight their visions of the current conflicts and the operational constraints they are dealing with.

Course validation

One group assessment and one individual assessment (50% each).

Required reading

  • The 2011 World Development Report: Conflict, Security and Development (WDR)
  • Berdal, Mats, “How „New‟ are „New Wars‟? Global Economic Change and War in the Early 21st Century”, Global Governance, vol. 9, no.4, 2003
  • Ballentine, Karen and Jake Sherman, eds. The Political Economy of Armed Conflict: Beyond Greed and Grievance (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2003), especially Introduction and Conclusion.
  • Breaking the Conflict Trap – Civil War and Development Policy, A World Bank Report, (Washington, DC: World Bank/Oxford University Press, 2003)