Course 2010-2011 a.y.



Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31
CLMG (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - M (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - IM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - MM (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - AFC (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - CLAPI (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - CLEFIN-FINANCE (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - CLELI (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - ACME (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - DES-ESS (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07) - EMIT (6 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07)
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Classes: 31 (II sem.)

Course Objectives

The project approach is a major means of promoting domestic and international development. The World Bank, UN agencies, EU, National Governments and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) rely on projects and programs to promote endogenous economic grow in developing countries and regions and to face exceptional events (peace-keeping, natural disasters). The course has three main objectives:

  • to illustrate the main types of projects/initiatives endorsed by the EU and other international organizations and the financial tools used (grants and subsidies, project finance, mezzanine financing , public private venture capital;
  • to make students understanding the main issues related to the planning of international programs and management of international projects;
  • to make students familiar with approaches and techniques of project cycle management (from writing a good project proposal to monitoring and evaluating an international program/project).

The course exposes students to the main systems used by international organizations to fund and evaluate projects carried out by enterprises, non governmental organizations and public institutions. Students also learn how to design and manage projects in a variety of challenging contexts (e.g. in poor countries and after natural disasters).

Course Content Summary

  • International Program and financial tools (EU, BEI, World Bank, National Governments, Major donors).
    • Principles and approaches to international project funding
    • Funding for local public Institutions (mainly for infrastructures and development programs).
    • Funding for enterprises: grant, equity finance, mezzanine financing, mixed venture capital, state aid regime.
    • EU funds for domestic development and international co-operation
    • Managing Institutional lobbying to influence the competitive advantage of enterprises.

  • Program design and evaluation.
    • Methodologies for the program design (appropriate financial tool selection and beneficiaries selection).
    • Criteria for ex-ante and ex-post evaluation.
    • Impact evaluation.

  • Project management of international development projects (how to write a successful application.)
    • Project design.
    • Financial analysis and cost benefit analysis.
    • Strategic approach to Public funds and grants.
    • Logical frameworks.
    • Staffing (human resources issues).
    • Accountability & reporting.
    • Issues in disaster management and peace-keeping.

Teaching methods include lectures, class discussions, case and incident presentations and discussions of students' presentations. Students are asked to develop an international project to be discussed with Instructors and experts. Some guest speakers are hosted during the course to expose students to the main challenges of international program and project management

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

Attending students

  • 10% writing class notes
  • 10% one oral prestation.
  • 30% a project development (max 3 students per group).
  • 50% oral exam.

Non attending students

  • 20% - a major individual paper agreed with the instructors.
  • 80% - oral exam.


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