Aid and Development

Key information

Start date
End date
Term 2
Module code
FHEQ Level
Department of Development Studies

Module overview

The module is taught across ten sessions, each dealing with a different aspect of aid and development. Thematically, the module deals with three main areas: firstly an exploration of key ideas and themes in aid and development; secondly, and examination of how aid functions at different levels; and thirdly, aid in specific contexts. The following is a schematic of the course:

  1. Introduction: What is aid?
  2. Aid and ownership
  3. Evaluating aid
  4. International Organisations, the UN, and aid
  5. Donors, Governments and Aid
  6. Non-governmental organisations
  7. Faith-Based Organisations, Diasporas, and Philanthrocapitalists
  8. Aid, Violence and Conflict
  9. Access, negotiation and the rules of aid
  10. Humanitarian aid & forced migration

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module


At the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of how ‘aid’ policy emerged, and how it has changed into its modern form
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the key arguments in the literature on the use of aid as a developmental tool
  • Analyse and discuss aid policy from the perspective of international organisations, national donors, and non-governmental organisations
  • Demonstrate that they have develop a thorough understanding of the complexities and challenges of linking aid to development objectives
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how aid is evaluated and assessed, and the complications inherent in evaluation models and theories
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how aid is delivered and functions in disaster and conflict contexts




Teaching takes place through a weekly 1 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial.


Method of assessment

100% Coursework. Each student will be required to submit an Essay worth 60% of the overall grade and a Project Evaluation worth 40% of the overall grade.


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