Political Economy of Development Projects (Targeting the Poor) OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Grad-Level Course on Poverty and Unemployment

Published Jan 30, 2009

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'Political Economy of Development Projects: Targeting the Poor' looks at public-sector politics, projects and local programs that attempt to reduce unemployment and poverty. This graduate-level OpenCourseWare from MIT is designed for all students who are interested in innovative approaches to planning projects in developing countries.

Political Economy of Development Projects: Targeting the Poor: Course Specifics

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Political Economy of Development Projects: Targeting the Poor: Course Description

Poverty reduction has become a major goal when designing new development projects in developing countries. The 'Political Economy of Development Projects: Targeting the Poor' OpenCourseWare, offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, examines poverty and economic development in broad terms through a selection of readings and discussions. The course analyzes the role of government and how government can both hinder and help the growth of more equitable initiatives. The course also analyzes the political implications of new developments and the relationship of government with poor populations. Worker rights and other legal issues are also considered in this graduate-level course, taught by MIT Professor Judith Tendler.

A reading list and sample assignments are available online for free. To learn more about this MIT OpenCourseWare, visit the economic development projects course page.

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