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University of Toronto - School of Public Policy and Governance

PPG 2002: Practical Issues in International Development

Description: This course will explore international development from the perspective of practice. We examine central questions – why so many people are in deep poverty and what can be done about it – by considering the practical levers available to program leaders and policy makers. The course will therefore approach these large questions by iterating between two points of view: first, practical case studies, and second, conceptual frameworks and analytical readings. Students will participate in the interchange, as we progressively deepen our understanding of the core questions. We will interrogate a multi-disciplinary literature from the perspective of cumulative experience in development and immediate issues facing practitioners; we aim for a perspective that enables practitioners to adapt to and learn from the dynamic, uncertain environment in which they must work. 

Faculty: James Radner (Fall 2013)

Source: Course syllabus at (accessed 6 January 2014)


Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Policy and Management Subject



Commentary by the Atlas editors: The class titles in the syllabus provide an excellent list of topics to be created on the Atlas:

  • What is development?
  • Health and development
  • Development strategies in theory and practice
  • The economic role of the state
  • Democracy, accountability and human rights in development
  • Civil society and the private sector in development
  • Community based development, individual empowerment and the problem of scale
  • Aid and development: does it work?
  • What should aid agencies do?
  • Natural resources, geography and infrastructure investments in development
  • International trade and development
  • Fragile states, civil conflict, humanitarianism and development
  • Program evaluation and policy learning in development

Page created by: Ian Clark, 6 January 2014. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.



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