This course surveys the broad spectrum of international development through the lens of organizational strategy. It examines the diverse tools, strategies, and best practices of today’s international development organizations in implementing long-term sustainable solutions in developing countries. The course pays particular attention to strategic organizational management, theories and methods of program monitoring and evaluation, and recent innovations in organizational approaches to empowering women, building local economies, and caring for the environment.
After completing this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:
- Evaluate the management challenges faced by today’s international development organizations.
- Implement strategic planning skills to ethically and practically effect outcomes.
- Identify and use ethical, culturally inclusive, and sustainable approaches to problem solving.
- Apply multidisciplinary research methods to diagnose the key drivers and relevant obstacles of a situation.
- Analyze the leading theories and methods of program monitoring and evaluation.
- Create innovative solutions to international development problems in pattern-breaking, sustainable, and scalable ways.