International Development Policy
updated Mar. 13, 2013

Course Number
: GEN 3000 E
Izumi Ohno (email:
Term Winter, Monday and Thursday 15:00-16:30
Lecture Room: F

Course Description
This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of international development policy through reading and discussing recent papers and reports, with special attention to global transformation. The course is offered through a mix of lectures and workshops. Students will be exposed to a range of international development topics and contemporary policy debates. The East Asian perspectives of aid and development will also be introduced.

International development has undergone significant changes over the last decades with the progress of globalization. The East Asian economies have achieved rapid growth with poverty reduction, while fragile states continue to struggle with the challenges of nation building. Development agenda have become increasingly complex, and new actors such as emerging donors, civil society, and the business community, are now important players in development. Such global transformation presents challenges to the traditional approach to development and aid.

The first few lectures will give an overview of the evolution of international development policy and development cooperation. Workshops include student presentations and discussions. At each class, one or two students will present the main points of pre-assigned policy-related reports or papers and share his/her perspectives, based on the assigned readings. In some lectures, guest speakers with first-hand experience of development cooperation and policymaking may be invited to interact with students.

Students are expected to have basic knowledge of international development. Prior to class, students are required to read the assigned literature and actively contribute to presentations and discussions. They shall prepare resume or power point slides for presentations.

Class attendance and participation (40%), presentation of the assigned readings (30%), and short paper on international development (30%). The quality of participation and presentation matters. Late arrival and absence from class will count negatively. Absence without prior notification is not allowed.







Orientation and overview:
Evolution of international development policy




Development cooperation policy of major donors




Japanese approach to development cooperation




Business as a development actor: inclusive business




Aid and development: critique of aid




Fragile states, conflicts and development

#2, #3



Democratic developmental state

#4, #5



Globalization and industrialization: proactive-industrial policy

Guest L



Jobs and industrial development




Emerging donors and their impacts on international development

#7, #8



Aid management and policy ownership

#9, #10



Business and development: creating linkages

#11, #12



Beyond 2015: Post-MDGs (Millennium Development Goals)

#13, #14



Gross National Happiness




Paper submission


             Note: Topics and dates may be reordered to accommodate guest speakers or for other reasons.

Reading assignments
The following literature will be made available on the website. Students are required to read relevant literature, prior to class. (In the case of books, specific chapters will be selected and assigned for readings.)

1.   Dambisa Moyo, Dead Aid: Why Aid is not Working and How There is a better Way for Africa, 2009. Part I(Ch.1-4), Part II (Ch.5 &10)

2.   Paul Collier, The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It, Oxford University Press, 2007.

3.   The World Bank, World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development, 2011.

4.  Meles Zenawi, “African Development: Dead Ends and New Beginnings,” preliminary draft (esp. Ch.1, Ch. 7, Ch.20).

5. Robert H. Wade, “Rethinking Industrial Policy for Low Income Countries,” African Development Bank, 2009.

6. The World Bank, World Bank Development Report 2013: Jobs, Oxford University Press, 2012. (overview)

7.  Saidi, Myriam Dahman and Christina Wolf, “Recalibrating Development Co-operation: How Can African Countries Benefit from Emerging Partners?” (OECD Development Centre Working Paper, no. 302, July 2011).

8.  Romilly Greenhill, "The Age of Choice: Cambodia in the New Aid Landscape," Research Report (ODI, January 2013).

9.   Izumi Ohno and Kenichi Ohno, Ownership of What?: Beyond National Poverty Strategies and Aid Harmonization in the Case of Vietnam, Ch.3 in Aid Relationships in Asia: Exploring Ownership in Japanese and Nordic Aid, eds. A. M. Jerve, Y. Shimomura and A. S. Hansen, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

10. Izumi Ohno and Masumi Shimamura, Diverse Models of Development and Aid Management: Experiences of Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines, Ch.9 in Diversity and Complementarity in Development Aid: East Asian Lessons for African Growth, GRIPS Development Forum, 2008.

11.  UNCTAD, Creating Business Linkages: A Policy Perspective, 2010.

12.  Paula Lucci, "Post-2015 MDGs : What role for business?” (ODI, June 2012).

13.  Claire Melamed and Lucy Scott, “Contexts, politics and processes for a post-2015 global agreement on development,” (ODI, January 2012).

14.  Claire Melamed and Lucy Scott, “After 2015: Progress and Challenges for Development,” Background Note (ODI, March 2011).

15. J. Helliwell, R. Layard and J. Sachs (Eds.), World Happiness Report, (Ch.5 Bhutan), The Earth Institute of Columbia University, CIFAR, Centre for Economic Performance.

Suggested readings for Lectures

16.  Takamasa Akiyama, “Evolution of Ideas on Development,” Ch.2 in International Development Assistance: Evolution and Prospects, FASID, 2003.

17.  Toru Yanagihara, “Development and Dynamic Efficiency: Framework Approach vs. Ingredients Approach,” Ch.4 in Japanese Views on Economic Development: Diverse Paths to the Market, eds. Kenichi and Izumi Ohno, Routledge, 1998.

18.  Izumi Ohno and Kenichi Ohno, “Dynamic Capacity Development: What Africa Can Learn from Industrial Policy Formulation,” Ch.7 in Good Growth and Governance in Africa: Rethinking Development Strategies, eds. Noman et. al, The Initiative for Policy Dialogue Series, Oxford University Press, 2012.

19. Alina Rocha menocal and Leni Wild, "Where can Japanese Official Development Assistance add value?," ODI Project Briefing No.21, February 2012.

20.  DAC Peer Review
-Japan (2010) DAC Peer Review: Main Findings and Recommendations
-UK (2010) DAC Peer Review: Main Findings and Recommendations
-Germany (2010) DAC Peer Review: Main Findings and Recommendations
-US (2011) DAC Peer Review: Main Findings and Recommendations

21. Kenichi Ohno, Learning to Industrialize: From Given Growth to Policy-aided Value Creation, Routledge-GRIPS Development Forum Studies, Routledge, 2012. (Ch.1-2)

22.  Kenichi Ohno, The Middle Income Trap: Implications for Industrialization Strategies in East Asia and Africa, GRIPS Development Forum, 2009.

23.  Yasutami Shimomura, “In Search of Endogenous Elements of Good Governance: The Case of the Eastern Seaboard of Development Plan in Thailand,” Ch.6 in The Role of Governance in Asia, ed. Y. Shimomura, ISEAS.

24.  Mushtaq H. Khan, “Governance and Growth: History, Ideology, and Methods of Proof,” Ch.2 in Good Growth and Governance in Africa: Rethinking Development Strategies, eds. Noman et. al, The Initiative for Policy Dialogue Series, Oxford University Press, 2012.

25. C.K. Prahalad, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty through Profits, Wharton School Publishing, 2010. (Introduction & Part II-1)

26. Michael Porter and Mark Kramer, “Creating Shared Value,” Harvard Business Review, January/February 2011.