Course 2014-2015 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. - OBS  |  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

International Institutions (IIs) and International Non Governmental Organizations (INGOs) have been traditionally studied under the perspective of International Relations, Political Sciences and International Law. Since the beginning of the’90s the managerial perspective has assumed growing importance, due to the call for a greater efficiency and effectiveness and for a better transparency and accountability coming from the Member States and other stakeholders. Similar issues have gained special relevance in relation to International Non Governmental Organizations (INGOs) and new global organizational settings. Drawing from the peculiarities of the IIs and INGOs in terms of governance, staff profile and operations, this course responds to the need to identify a tailored approach for management systems and tools to be adopted by International public and non-profit organizations and shapes the concept of management around them.

Course Content Summary

  • The context within which IIs and INGOs operate and present an overview of their main institutional and operational characteristics.
  • Analysis of the United Nations system; programmes, funds and specialized agencies; governance systems.
  • Challenges of the interactions between the IIs, the corporate sector and civil society organizations including INGOs, with a specific focus on development cooperation.
  • Main strategic frameworks and declarations that frame IGO’s mandate -Millennium Development Goals, Paris Declaration- and overview of the main issues related to interagency coordination and management at global and country level.
  • The International Financial Institutions (IMF, World Bank, Regional Development Banks) as well as the other relevant families of IGOs and INGOs.
  • The managerial reforms, tools and systems in International Organizations: the main management functions, such as financial management, HR management, stakeholders management, profile management and branding, field operations’ management, management control, performance measurement; with regards to both the activity ofIIs and INGOs.
  • Ethics and accountability for mission driven organizations and their executives.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

For Attending students

The course is intended to be extremely interactive and participatory in nature. Group work, class presentations and a short version of the Model UN Simulation are part of the assessment for students regularly attending classes (validity: all exam sessions of a.y. 2014/15). The final grade for this course for students regularly attending classes is based on:

  • group assignment (30%)
  • model UN simulation Position Paper (20%)
  • final written examination (50%)

Partial exams are not scheduled

For non attending students

Students not regularly attending classes are assessed through a written exam based on all materials posted on the e-learning platform of the textbook (100% of the final grade).



  • E . Missoni ,D. Alesani, Management of International Institutions and NGOs. Routdledge, 2013.
Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)


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