AAR5325 - Designing Effective Programs


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2017/2018

Course content

This module provides students with the opportunity to test project planning and management tools commonly used within development and emergency organisations. The module is organised as a series of Head Office Programme Department meetings of an international NGO, where students take on the role of programme staff working on regional desks, policy unit and emergency desk.

During the course students in groups develop projects according to their own interests in development and/or emergency practice. Geographic location is up to individual groups. Programmes can be thematic, country or region specific, individual or multi sectoral, focusing on specific interventions, and can include advocacy initiatives, emergency response interventions, etc. The idea therefore is to develop an initiative from an initial idea to a workable project that could be implemented using the tools and approaches presented in class.

To achieve this, the module follows a sequence of project development, namely:

• assessment (exploring in particular participatory approaches)
• design (action planning, logical framework analysis, scenario planning, partnerships)
• monitoring and evaluation, using for example OECD criteria.

Additional lecture sessions will address current themes and issues in humanitarian practice, namely humanitarian leadership, use of social media and urban disaster preparedness and response. Case studies include the Philippines, Pakistan, Haiti, Bangladesh, India and elsewhere. At the end of the course outline projects will be presented for feedback and agreement on final coursework submission.

Learning outcome

By the end of the module students should be able to:
1. Critically evaluate the challenges of the development and emergency practitioner in order to design effective interventions to development and emergency issues
2. Apply key concepts of development and emergency theory and practice such as participatory assessment and monitoring and evaluation
3. Judge the effectiveness of logical frameworks in development and emergency programme design
4. Appraise a rage of perspectives on development and emergency interventions for making trade offs in programmatic decision-making

Learning methods and activities

Sessions will comprise lectures, case study reviews of development and emergency programmes, and group work around the development of programmes.

Further on evaluation

You can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period

Required previous knowledge

Not required.

Course materials

Indicative readings include:
Anderson M, Brown D and Jean I (2012) Time to listen. Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid. CDA, Cambridge, Mass. Available at: http://www.cdainc.com/cdawww/pdf/book/time_to_listen_pdf_Pdf1.pdf
Chambers R (2008) Revolutions in Development Inquiry, Earthscan, London
McAvoy D and Walden V (2013) Contributions to Change: A Guide to Evaluating Change after Rapid Onset Emergencies. ECB, London
Rockefeller Foundation (2010) Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development, New York
Sanderson D (2011) Livelihood protection and support for disaster, chapter 58, pp655-668, in Handbook of Hazards, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Ed Wisner BV, Gaillard J and Kelman I, Routledge, London
Sanderson D and Knox-Clarke P (2012) ALNAP Lessons. Responding to urban disasters. Learning from previous relief and recovery operations. ODI, London. Available at: http://www.alnap.org/resource/7772.aspx
World Bank (nd) The logframe handbook. World Bank. Washington DC. Available at: http://www.wau.boku.ac.at/fileadmin/_/H81/H811/Skripten/811332/811332_G3_log-framehandbook.pdf


Detailed timetable


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