591 Development Finance

The Course will provide a general overview of persisting development challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries, and the shared global responsibility under the Agenda 2030 to address them. It will focus on the roles of and partnerships between various actors of development finance, such as government agencies, multilateral development banks, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and impact investors; and familiarize students with development finance instruments, such as budget aid, grants, loans, and blended finance mechanisms. The Course will also deal with critical views on Aid Effectiveness, and issues of Policy Coherence for Development in developed countries.

Course Requirements: 

  • Two three-page essays: the first to be handed in on or before September 24, 2017; the second to be handed in on or before September 29, 2017 (30% of final grade);
  • One six-page final paper to be handed in before December 10, 2017 (40% of final grade);
  • Participation in class discussions (30% of final grade).
Course Areas of Practice
Course Type
Seminar
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law
2017
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

591.01 1
  • Reflection Papers
  • Final paper under 10 pages
  • Class participation
Manuel Sager TBA TBA 4044

The Course will provide a general overview of persisting development challenges in Low and Middle Income Countries, and the shared global responsibility under the Agenda 2030 to address them. It will focus on the roles of and partnerships between various actors of development finance, such as government agencies, multilateral development banks, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and impact investors; and familiarize students with development finance instruments, such as budget aid, grants, loans, and blended finance mechanisms. The Course will also deal with critical views on Aid Effectiveness, and issues of Policy Coherence for Development in developed countries.

Course Requirements: 

  • Two three-page essays: the first to be handed in on or before September 24, 2017; the second to be handed in on or before September 29, 2017 (30% of final grade);
  • One six-page final paper to be handed in before December 10, 2017 (40% of final grade);
  • Participation in class discussions (30% of final grade).

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
2016
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

591.01 1
  • Final paper under 10 pages
  • Reflection Papers
  • Class participation
Manuel Sager 10/02/2016, 2:00-4:20 (Sunday) 10/03/2016, 5:15-7:35 (Monday) 10/04/2016, No Class (Tuesday) 10/05/2016, 6:00-8:20 (Wednesday) 10/06/2016, 5:15-7:35 (Thursday) 10/07/2016, 1:45-4:05 (Friday) 3037

After providing a general overview of the persisting development challenges in Low and Lower Middle Income Countries, reflecting the spirit of universal responsibility of the Agenda 2030 the Course will concentrate on the roles of governmental development agencies, multilateral development banks, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and impact investors, as the main external sources of development finance. Furthermore, the Course will familiarize students with development finance instruments, such as budget aid, grants, loans, and blended finance mechanisms. Finally, the Course will deal with critical views on development assistance, with aid effectiveness, and with policy coherence for development.

Suggested Course Requirements:

  • Two three-page essays: the first to be handed in on or before October 2, 2016; the second to be handed in on or before October 7, 2016 (30% of final grade);
  • One six-page final paper to be handed in before December 15, 2016 (40% of final grade);
  • Participation in class discussions (30% of final grade).

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None
2014
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor Meeting Day/Times Room

591.01 2 Manuel Sager Tu/Th 3:15-5:15 pm Room 3000
The Seminar will concentrate on external flows of development finance and allow students to become familiar with the different public and private providers of development finance, the legal structures of the multilateral frameworks (MDB's), the various financing instruments and their legal basis as well their objectives and effectiveness. The Seminar will also highlight the importance of a legal framework in the recipient countries that promotes domestic and foreign investment and encourages effective and sustainable financial flows.

Pre/Co-requisites
None
Enrollment Restrictions
None

*Please note that this information is for planning purposes only, and should not be relied upon for the schedule for a given semester. Faculty leaves and sabbaticals, as well as other curriculum considerations, will sometimes affect when a course may be offered.