Social Science 3801 6.0A
Understanding Development Planning and Management
Winter 2005 Class Room: FC 109
Instructor: Dr. Fahimul Quadir Thursdays 11:30-2:30
Office: 319 Founders College
Office Hours: Thursdays: 10:00 to 11:30 and by appointment
The focus of the winter term will be shifted away from the discussion of planning theories/approaches/techniques to the analysis of development management and evaluation. Our plan is to divide the class into two major sections. While section one will deal with the challenges of development management in the new millennium, the last section is designed to make class-members familiar with the practice of development evaluation. In both sections, the course will aim at bridging the gap between development theory and praxis. Also, it will continue to explore the nature of the triangular relationship between academic research, development policy, and development practice. In particular, the course will examine the ways in which development scholars, policy makers, and practitioners can work together to improve the performance of development co-operation and/or intervention in the twenty-first century.
STRUCTURE OF THE CLASS
We plan to continue to organize the class around a three-hour weekly session consisting of primarily lectures and presentations by class-members. Based on the practice of last term, in the first half the class will meet for lectures on the topic at hand that will serve as the basis for understanding various issues central to development planning, management, and evaluation. The second half will be devoted to mainly student-led presentations, where the class-members will have the opportunity to present group projects on published reports that deal with the challenge of development management/evaluation.
Like the fall term, the course director would like to use the last few minutes to summarize the topic of the day. In both sessions, the class-members will be able to respond to a broad range of relevant issues on development planning, management and evaluation.
Please refer to the previous course outline (fall 2004) for a detailed discussion of grading, assignments, and course requirements.
Each of the class-members will be required to make another presentation to the class during the next 12 weeks. Instead of dealing with a country plan, this time you will be concentrating on a specific development strategy, policy/project/project sponsored and/or introduced by either the World Bank or the UNDP within a particular country. You can pick up a project of your choice by simply visiting the following two web sites (These two sources will allow you to become familiar with various development activities undertaken by the World Bank and the UNDP in different parts of the world):
I would strongly encourage you to do some research on your chosen country before selecting the topic of your presentation. If necessary, please consult me before making your mind up.
When presenting, I would expect you to do the following:
Be sure to follow the guidelines noted below:
The presenter (s) will be encouraged to use overheads, videos, and other audio-visual aids simply to make the presentation both stimulating and interesting. The presenter (s) will also be required to submit a 2-page written summary (double-spaced) of the presentation topic in advance. Your summary will include, among other things, a brief review of the chosen project/program, an assessment of it, and a bibliography of the works consulted.
In order to facilitate debates and/or discussions, the written summary must be submitted to the instructor via the Internet at least two days prior to the class at which it will be presented.
The presentation schedule will be finalized by the second week of this term.
Design a plan/strategy:
Using both the readings and discussions of this course, each of you will be designing a development plan/strategy for a community/country that interests you most. Your plan/strategy can focus on an issue either at the national or local level. The following is a list of some development issues that you may want to consider for your plan/strategy:
Once you have chosen your issue, your main goal would be to identify the key challenges facing the country/community today. As a planner, your task would be to use your talent, and creative imagination to craft a plan/strategy that can be effectively implemented to address those problems/challenges. You will also have to think about the ways in which the plan would be financially supported. Besides, you will be making an effort to identify the actors that are going to be involved in the entire process of designing, implementing and monitoring your plan/strategy.
Grades will be based on the quality of your research, the effectiveness of your plan/strategy, the use of source materials, and the organization of your essay. The essay should be no more than 12 pages in length, including the bibliography (double-spaced; the font size must be 12 points) which will be due on or before March 10, 2005. Late essays will be marked down 5% per day.
There will be an in-class final examination which will be held on March 31, 2005.
The class will use a new Course Kit which would include all the assigned readings for the winter term. You can access the Kit through Scott’s reserve section.
The following list is expected to help class-members gain a better understanding of development planning and management. I would strongly encourage you to consult the following books on a regular basis:
Alexander, Ernest R., Approaches to Planning: introducing current planning theories, concepts and issues (New York: Gordon and Breach, 1986);
Beaudoux, E et al., Supporting Development Action (London: Macmillan, 1992);
Brinkerhoff, Derick W. and Benjamin L. Crosby, Managing Policy Reforms: concepts and tools for decision-makers in developing and transitioning countries (Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian, 2002);
Caiden, Naomi and Aron Wildavosky, Planning and Budgeting in Poor Countries (London: Transaction Publishers, 1990);
Chambers, Robert, Whose Really Counts? Putting the first last (London: ITDG Publishing);
Conyers, Daina and Peter Hills, An Introduction to Development Planning in the Third World (New York: John Wiley, 1984);
Cornwall, Andrea and Garett Pratt (eds.), Pathways to Participation: reflections on PRA (London: ITDG, 2003);
Dalal-Clayton, Barry et al., Rural Planning in Developing Countries: supporting natural resource management and sustainable livelihoods (London: Earthscan, 2003);
Eade, Deborah, Development Methods and Approaches: critical reflections (London: Oxfam, 2003);
-------, Capacity-Building: an approach to people-centered development (London: Oxfam, 1997);
Earl, Sarah et al, Outcome Mapping: building learning and reflection into development programs (Ottawa: IDRC, 2001);
Edwards, Michael, Future Positive: international co-operation in the 21st century (London: Earthscan, 2000)
Flaudi, Andreas, A Reader in Planning Theory (Oxford, Pergamon Press, 1973);
Friedmann, John, Planning in the Public Domain: from knowledge to action (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987);
Honadle, George, How Context Matters: linking environmental policy to people and place (West Hartford: CT: Kumarian, 1999);
Horton, Douglas et al, Evaluating Capacity Development: experiences from research and development organizations around the world (Ottawa: IDRC, 2003);
Kaufman, Michael and Haroldo Dilla Alfonso (eds.), Community Power and Grassroots Democracy: the transformation of social life (London: Zed books, 1997);
Kenny, Michael and James Meadowcroft (eds.), Planning Sustainability (London: Routledge, 1999);
Krishna, Anirudh et al., (eds.), Reasons for Hope: instructive experiences in rural development (West Hartford, CT: Kumarian, 1997);
Lewis, David and Tina Wallace (eds.), New Roles and Relevance: development NGOs and the challenge of change (Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian, 2000);
Macdonald, Mandy, Gender Planning in Development Agencies: meeting the challenge (London: Oxfam, 1994);
Marsden, David and Peter Oakley (eds.), Evaluating Social Development Projects (London: Oxfam, 1990);
Oakley, Peter et al. (eds.), Projects with People: the practice of participation in rural development (Geneva: International Labour Office, 1991);
Pye-Smith, Charle et al., The Wealth of Communities (West Hartford, CT: Kumarian, 1994).
Robinson, David et al., (eds.), Managing Development: understanding inter-organizational relationships (London: Sage Publications, 2000);
Saeed, Khalid, Development Planning and Policy Design (Aldershot, England: Avebury, 1994);
Scott, William and Stephen Gough (eds.), Key Issues in Sustainable Development and Learning: a critical review (London: RoutledgeFalmer, 2004);
Slocum, Rachel et al. (eds.), Power, Process and Participation: tools for change (London: ITDG, 1995);
Smillie, Ian and John Hailey, Managing for Change: leadership, strategy and management in Asian NGOs (London: Earthscan, 2001);
Ukaga, Okechukwu and Chris Maser, Evaluating Sustainable Development: giving people a voice in their destiny (Virginia: Stylus, 2004);
Veltmeyer, Henry and Anthony O’ Malley (eds.), Transcending Neoliberalism: community-based development in Latin America (Bloomfield, Kumarian, 2001);
Waterston, Albert, Development Planning: lessons of experience (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979);
World Bank, Reaching the Rural Poor: a renewed strategy for rural development (Washington, D.C. 2003).
Section One: Planning and Managing Development
Development Management: the changing boundaries between the state, market and civil society
Community-Based Development Management
Gender (Planning) Mainstreaming
Gender Management System
Planning and Managing Sustainability
Section Two: Evaluating Development Intervention
The Meaning of Evaluation
Planning an Evaluation
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT IS DUE.
Review of the course
While there is no assigned reading for this week, you are encouraged to look thorough the following few chapters:
*Please note that articles/book chapters with an asterisk mark are included in the Course Kit.Course Archives