International Development Assistance Policy

Numbering Code G-ECON31 6A211 LE31
G-ECON31 6A211 LE43
Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Wed.4・5
Instructor name RALANDISON,TSILAVO (Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research Program-Specific Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This semi-intensive course provides students with a diverse overview of Japan's international development assistance policy and practice of the Japanese government, business actors, and civil society organizations based on actual cases.

The course allows students to learn about development practice in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Development Studies Programme. Each module will be led by guest lecturers, who are subject-matter experts working on a particular issue related to the module's theme.

Coursework will include in-class exercises, class discussions, take-home assignments, and/or group work to build students' ability to understand, analyze, and apply new knowledge.
Course Goals Students can expect to gain:

- A critically informed overview of Japan's international development assistance, policy-making, and practices and locating policy agendas historically and within a global context.

- A critical understanding of and engagement with key policy-making and intervention issues in the international assistance arena.

- An ability to apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the course to actual development issues.
Schedule and Contents Course introduction and feedback will be done via Kulasis and PandA. The actual lectures are expected to start on Dec 1, 2021, and end on Jan 19, 2022. Lectures are scheduled on Wednesdays from 14:45 to 18:00. The duration of each session is 3 hours.

- Week 0: Introduction - Course overview (via the platform)
- Week 1: History of Japan's ODA, policies and programs; introduction of JICA (Guest lecturer from JICA)
- Week 2: JICA's priority and operation framework; introduction of selected projects operated by JICA; JICA's approach to development compared to other donors; JICA's outlook and future agenda (Guest lecturer from
- Week 3: Roles of the private sector in sustainable development (Guest lecturer from a private company)
- Week 4: Roles of the private sector in sustainable development (Guest lecturer from a private company)
- Week 5: Strengths and limitations of ODA: Case studies in Southeast Asia (Guest lecturer from a nongovernmental organization)
- Week 6: Strengths and limitations of ODA: Case studies in Africa (Guest lecturer from a non-governmental
- Week 7: Course Feedback (via the platform)
Evaluation Methods and Policy Grades will be based on the following:

- attendance and participation (credit will not be given for more than two absences),
- three short essays (500 words) to be completed in a group of two to three students and submitted after each block of lecture - 40% of the final grade. (* Block 1: JICA lectures, block 2: lectures from business entities, block 3: lectures from NGOs)
- one final essay (1,500 words) to be completed individually or in a small group (2-3 people) after the course is completed - 60% of the final grade.

There are two options to complete the final project:

Option 1: Write a pitch (proposal) for a development project that you would hypothetically present to one of the course lecturers. For example, you could choose a problem that was raised during one of the classes and propose a solution. You could also present a project or idea that you think would solve an issue or problem that you are interested in. Your pitch should include a succinct description of the project, which lecturer(s) you would hypothetically present it to and why; and, how you think the lecturer would react to your ideas.

Option 2: Write an argumentative essay about which lecture was the most interesting or the most convincing. The article must include a set of reasons supported by evidence (facts) from the classes. Evidence can be what a lecturer said, the materials that s/he used during the lecture, and/or how they were presented.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students are expected to review the reading materials before coming to class.
References, etc. International development : ideas, experience, and prospects, Currie-Alder, Bruce, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, and Rohinton Medhora, (Oxford : Oxford University Press), ISBN:9780199671656
The essential guide to critical development studies, Veltmeyer, Henry and Paul Bowles, (New York, NY : Routledge), ISBN:9781138049970