Feb 23rd 2015

What Works: Promising Practices in International Development (FutureLearn)

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Explore promising strategies in international aid related to agriculture, public health, institutions and poverty reduction.

The history of international development is a complicated mixture of hopeful altruism and difficult reality. Today, the media often paint development aid as wasteful spending, leaving the public wondering if any intervention can ever work. So can the case be made for a more optimistic outlook on international development?

Hear success stories from around the world

This free online course highlights stories, case studies and events that can be considered “successes” in improving the well-being of the poor and contributing to overall societal progress.

Taught by researchers from the University of Oslo, Stanford University, the University of Malawi and the China Agricultural University, this interdisciplinary course will shed light on several promising practices in a variety of development fields, including social, political, and economic programs.

It will equip you with a toolkit to examine interventions critically, while recognizing successful development strategies and how these can be deployed in a range of international contexts.