Introduction to International Development Planning

A Peace Corps volunteer works in South Africa.

A Peace Corps volunteer works with villagers to maintain sanitation facilities in South Africa. (Image courtesy of the Peace Corps.)


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Fall 2010



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This introductory survey course is intended to develop an understanding of key issues and dilemmas of planning in non-western countries. The topics covered in this course will include state intervention, governance, law and institutions in development, privatization, participatory planning, decentralization, poverty, urban-rural linkages, corruption and civil service reform, trade and outsourcing, labor standards, post-conflict development, and the role of aid in development.

The course will illuminate current development challenges through published research in the field. The literature is rich, and across many disciplines in the social sciences. Case studies and real world examples through interaction with planning practitioners are drawn from around the world.

Rajagopal, Balakrishnan. 11.701 Introduction to International Development Planning, Fall 2010. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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