Case Study (Development Goals and Aid Policy)




Summer Semester; Tue.; Time slot #6


First, we will begin with an overview of the United Nations, World Bank, and OECD DAC aid strategies.

Second, we will read the Global Monitoring Report of Millennium Development Goals in order to understand the challenges faced by Low Income Countries and the underprivileged in Middle Income Countries.

Third, 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 topics covered 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.

Guest speakers will be invited to introduce a variety of Japanese aid policy issues.

Course Materials

Reading materials will include the Global Monitoring Report of Millennium Development Goals, as well as a selection of World Bank and OECD DAC reports. Copies will be provided before each class.


Grading will be based on class participation (50%) and a report (50%). Active class participation will be highly evaluated, but fluency in English will NOT be necessary.

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