International Training Programme of Institute of Development Policy and Management

International Training Programme of Institute of Development Policy and Management: "Governing for Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Development Actors under the new Aid Paradigm".

Host Institute: Institute of Development Policy and Management of the University of Antwerp (IOB) Programme Organizers: dr. Nadia Molenaers and dr. Robrecht Renard (IOB) Period: 15th of May - 19th of June 2008 Language: English

Programme content

Since 2000 official thinking about aid has shifted away from donor-led projects towards recipient-led sector programmes and direct support to the budget. As a consequence the tasks and contractual responsibilities of donor and recipient have been redrawn. Donors are willing to relinquish their hands-on control over the use of aid resources, in exchange for the right to be involved in policy dialogue with the government. They also contribute to the functioning of public institutions through capacity building, and seek a strengthening of accountability mechanisms, including accountability towards citizens. Civil society actors such as NGOs, Churches, community based organizations, gender advocacy groups, human rights organizations, research institutes and the media all are called upon to play a role in this new approach to aid. In addition, Parliamentarians, as the representatives of the citizens, are being increasingly acknowledged as crucial players. This leads to increasing interaction between donors, the government, Parliament, and a whole series of non-state actors. The training traces the evolution in the thinking on aid, provides a critical analysis of the underlying assumptions of the new approach to aid, and helps to understand the managerial and political challenges involved. It targets professionals working for the different stakeholders listed.

The programme consists of the following modules

Module 1: The evolution of ’Aid’ (5 days, 35 hours):

This module highlights the evolution in development theory and practice up untill the nineties. Special attention is given to the concept of ’aid-effectiveness’ and its influence on successive paradigm shifts.

Module 2: Situating the new aid paradigm (10 days, 70 hours):

This module envisages clarifying the concepts and theories central to the new aid approach. Attention is given to the most recent scientific insights in development theory. Furthermore, the changed relations among development agents ( multilateral and bilateral donors, national governments, civil society) are explored. The new aid approach is analysed from the perspective of being an instrument to achieve broader goals.

Module 3: Governance matters: Assessing actors (5 days, 35 hours):

This module focuses on understanding the behaviour of state agents, donor agencies and civil society organisations. Neither donors, nor recipient governments nor civil society seem to be capable to fully assume their newly assigned responsibilities. Within this module, the problems, impediments and tensions that hinder the fulfillment of the expectations (as reviewed in Module 2) are studied based on a number of case studies.

Module 4: Governance matters: Assessing contexts (5 days, 35 hours):

This module aims at presenting the tools used for assessing governance. Besides presenting, analyzing, screening and working with the more traditional governance measurements developed by the World Bank ( Governance indiciators, CPIA), other sources of context assessments will be explored. Participants are invited to work on their own country or a country of their choice.

Module 5: Indivdiual and group work by the participants (5 days, 35 hours):

Participants are involved in individual and group work in order to describe, analyze and assess the governance situation and the new aid approach in their own country (or a country of their choice). They actively use the tools of analysis presented in the previous modules as well as the insights from the group discussions.

Enrollment fees The participants on a VLIR scholarship need to pay € 50 enrollment fee. For participants, who are not supported by a VLIR scholarship, the enrollment fee has been set at € 3,000. This covers tuition and some course materials. Supplementary cost are travel expenses, accomodation (the student secretariat will help in finding appropriate accomodation in Antwerp) and cost of living. For short-term accomodation in Antwerp it is advisable to set aside at least 500 € per month (a small studio with private bathroom and kitchen). The cost of living ( food, transport, etc.) in Belgium is not cheap. For participants awarded a VLIR scholarship travel expenses will be paid in full. Accomodation will be arranged by the Institute (the cost will be deducted from the scholarship).The scholarship will be sufficient to cover accomodation and living expenses.


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