Course Number: 90-856
International Project Development and Management - An NGO
International development practitioners with non-governmental organizations are developing and managing projects with an eye towards involving community stakeholders in key decisions, achieving measurable milestones and targets for "returns on investment", developing partnerships and staff, and maintaining and cultivating relationships with donors.
At the heart of a practitioner's efforts is sound project management at all stages in the process: initiating, planning, implementing, monitoring, adapting, evaluating and closing out. A practitioner must also be knowledgeable about the conditions and challenges that impact the balance among the dimensions of a project: scope of work, schedules and workplans, budget and standards for quality.
Through this eight-week course, students will take the role of a practitioner and gain first hand experience with the different aspects and priorities for project management through a learning simulation based on the actual humanitarian assistance program undertaken for the peace process in Angola. In group projects, students will also learn about the cultural and geographic contexts for project management and analyze the particulars of actual projects of their choosing tied to their international development areas of interest - i.e. health, education, conservation, micro-finance, infrastructure and small business development.
This course will be taught by Scott Hudson who developed and managed projects in Albania, Angola, Guatemala and Mozambique with the United States Agency for International Development, CARE International and the International Organization for Migration. The course requirements are 1) reading preparation and class participation (20%); 2) individual project (30%); 3) group project (40%); and 4) short presentation (10%).