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Fall 2017
May 24, 2019
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MSFS 746 - Wkshop:Managing Development
Development management is a specialized management discipline focused on achieving social goals and it typically involves consensus building among diverse groups with differing values. Development managers need to work collaboratively with local groups to design, manage and evaluate projects, programs and policy reform activities. They may also be engaged to assess and strengthen local organizations that provide services to poor people. The ability to understand and respond to the special needs of women and vulnerable groups is central to development management. 

Drawing on current international “good practices” this graduate workshop provides students with practical tools, skills and methods for managing development and social change. The workshop addresses the management challenges faced by the international development agencies--and specifically, the role and skills of development managers--in enhancing development effectiveness. Combined with the Development Management Skills Clinics the workshop will provide students with a comprehensive, state-of-the practice--and highly marketable--skill set for launching their careers in international development. The course is also intended to provide students with a critical insight into their personal attitudes and biases in managing development and social change. Through a required consulting project students gain practical consulting skills and insight into how to influence (rather than control) change in a client setting.

Course topics include: 
•	development management as a unique management discipline
•	building and managing teams
•	gender analysis and social analysis
•	assessing development project quality
•	structuring project organizations
•	developing monitoring and evaluation systems
•	project scheduling and budgeting
•	developing winning project proposals
•	assessing and building organizational capacity
•	planning and managing partnerships
•	managing policy reform
 
Using a variety of hands-on case material, experience-based assignments and team-based methods, students will address critical development management issues through work on a sampling of “live” projects in HIV/AIDS, environment, poverty alleviation, education and private sector development. Class discussions and assignments may be supplemented by several guest lectures by leading practitioners. 

Students also will complete a team-based consulting assignment in development management for a development agency in Washington, DC. Previous client agencies have included the World Bank, USAID and a variety of NGOs. Typical assignments may involve supporting a project design activity, designing a monitoring and evaluation system for a new program, conducting an organizational assessment, assessing a development project portfolio, completing a gender analysis, or supporting a strategic planning activity. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Juris Doctor, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

MS in Foreign Service Department

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