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Fall 2012 - 62209 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

NGO Project Design and Development

Instructor(s): McCaston, M. Katherine
Unique Number: 62209
Day & Time: T 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.221/212
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

This course introduces students to international development non-governmental organization (INGO) project/program design and grant writing. The course will begin with an overview of the history and role of INGOs in international development. Then we will focus more intensively on key aspects of project planning and design: 1) Participatory and secondary research for poverty analysis and program design; 2) Macro-level poverty mapping or situation analysis; 3) Projects versus Programs, using a systems perspective in program design; 4) Designing a program hierarchy by determining program goals, objectives, and activities; 5) Indicators and monitoring and evaluation basics; and, 6) Developing a logical framework. Students will choose one of the following countries for their class focus and writing assignments (Ethiopia, Egypt, Yemen, Ecuador, El Salvador, Cambodia, Vietnam, or Tajikistan).

The class will be experiential and hands-on. To explain, envision that you are working in an NGO Country Office in Kenya when a request for proposals (RFP) worth $US 10 million in funding to improve food security and health in Kenya arrives from a major donor. For the next 14 weeks, you will go through the process of researching the key issues; designing an NGO program to address the problems identified; and then assembling this information into the proposal, using the format required by USAID and described in the RFP. On average, NGO’s have between 8-14 weeks to develop a proposal from the issuance of the RFP to when the proposal is due. This class will provide you an idea of how this process works in a NGO Country Office. Assume 3-4 writing assignments and a final class presentation.