This topic aims to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge and skills necessary for planning and managing development programs/projects with particular reference to poorer countries. It focuses on the centrality of the state institutions in promoting and sustaining development in low-income economies and transitional societies. Major aspects to be covered in the topic include approaches to development, development planning and project management, bureaucracy and development, rural development strategies and lessons, government-NGO collaborations, managing participation, governance and environmental concerns. It reviews various strategies and mechanisms adopted in planning and managing development and analyses the challenges and complexities inherent in the political and institutional context that often frustrate the objective of achieving rapid and sustainable development.
This topic aims to provide the participants with a comprehensive knowledge of developmental issues and enhance their capabilities and skills necessary to plan, implement, manage and evaluate development programs/projects.