Case Study (Developing Goals and Aid Policy)



Credit / Semester / Schedule / Language

2 Credits / Summer / Thursday Period: 6 / English


This course will examine how economic policy relates to development. It will begin with an overview of aid strategies of international organizations such as , World Bank, and OECD DAC.

The case study will examine the role of international trade in accelerating economic growth for developing countries; improvement in investment climate (development and capital flows); the creation of reliable tax and administration systems; health and primary education social infrastructure advancement; the building of industrial infrastructures supported by concessional loans.

Finally, we will compare Japanese ODA with those of Western countries (Japan’s emphasis on concessional loans in East Asia vis-a-vis Western preference of grant aid in Sub-Sahara Africa).

Other possible topics touched upon during the course will include aid effectiveness of Japanese ODA, Chinese aid in Africa, the Greater Mekong Sub-region development, and aid coordination.

The class will be conducted in English and active participation will be encouraged. Fluency in English will not be required. Students will form several groups depending on their interests and collectively write a final paper in English. The course aims to prepare students for future positions, in both the public and private sectors, where an international perspective is required.

Basic knowledge on economics is required. To provide basic knowledge on econometrics, TA sessions will be provided Guest speakers will be invited to introduce a variety of aid and development policy issues.


developing goals, aid policy, ODA, international contributions, poverty reduction, English

Teaching Methods



Grading will be based on class participation (50%) and a report (50%). Active class participation will be highly evaluated.

Required Text

Reading materials will include a selection of the World Bank, the IMF, and OECD DAC reports.
William Easterly, 2006, The White Man’s Burden.

Copies will be provided before each class.

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