NGO Field Workers in International Development and Relief

Taught by Steve Hollingworth with Prof. Lovell (Tu) Jarvis, at the end of the Course, students will: Apply a self directed and problem solving approach to learning in line with the expectations of working in a NGO. Understand current issues and debates related to of the poor, the institutions which reach them and the paradigms, implementation, and evaluation tools useful for field practioners. Apply tools and approaches and issues which NGO field workers face in country assignments. Be introduced to new trends and approaches to Aid, Philanthropy, Government Programs and Market Based Approaches.

Course Outline:  NGO Field Workers in International Development and Relief.

Lead Instructor:  Steve Hollingworth (see bio below) w/ Lovell (Tu) Jarvis

Time: Thursdays at 5:10 to 7:00 pm

Location: Bainer Hall 1134

Max Enrollment:  25 Students

Course Elements:  Discussion and debate on current issues and themes in development and relief work. Introduction to and application of Practical Tools for development and relief workers.  Demonstrate learning agility on topics and discussion forum.

Evaluation:  TBD

Schedule of Classes:  The Spring Term on Thursday from 5:10-7:00pm

  1. Introduction and Course Overview: Summary of Major Course Topics, Introduction to Learning Agility Principles. Assignment Setting.Tools: Talent Management.
  2. Search for Relevance: The Poor and our Paradigms. Life of the Poor:Portfolios of the Poor, “Unbowed” Biography of Wangari Maathai, Half the Sky, Bottom Billion, Impact Stories and Testimonials. Paradigms of NGOs :  Service Delivery vs. Rights Based Approaches. UN Convention on Human Rights (Economic and Cultural  vs. Social and Political), Technical Sectors and their place in integrated Development:  Readings: UN, ICRW, Action Aid, Oxfam Documents, Hernando De Soto, CASE Study India.   Country Assessments:  Readings Poverty Reduction Strategies, Host Government Plans, NGO and UN country Strategies. Tools : Problem Tree Analysis.
  3. Stakeholders and Setting Strategy:  Aid Effectiveness Debt. Changing Roles of Host Governments, Donors, Local and International Civil Society, the Business Community.  Readings: James Crawley, Bottom Billion, C.K. Prahalad, Alan Fowler, Dictators Handbook: Strategic Planning for NGOS ( Allison and Kaye), Michael Porter, Peter Drucker. ( Aligning Principles to Purpose Power Point). Tools: Stakeholder Analysis, McMillan Matrix.
  4. Evaluation Methodologies and approaches for practitioners: Readings: Poverty Action Lab, IPA, Dean Karlan,  Scarcity:  Mullainathan, International Development Evaluation Assoc.- IDEAS,  Tools: Theory of Change and Impact Inventory.
  5. Natural Disasters and Complex Emergencies: Mary B. Anderson “Do No Harm”, Collaborative for Humanitarian Action, Greed and Grievance Economic Agendas of Civil Wars, UN OCHA, Institution of War Paper.  Tools:Good Enough Guide, SPHERE Guidelines, “Do No Harm”.
  6. New approaches on Aid, Philanthropy, Government Programs and Sustainability: Results based Programming, Sector Wide Programs, and Trends in Giving, Conditional Cash Transfers, and Non Conditional Cash Transfers.
  7. Micro Finance and Financial Inclusion: Current State of Practice Warts and All. Sinclair and Roodman.
  8. New Approaches on Market Based Approaches: Readings: Impact Investing, SOCAP, Social Entrepreneurs, Value Chain, Market Based Strategies, Prahalad, Yunus: Social Business.

Lecturer Bio

Steve Hollingworth has served as President of Freedom from Hunger since September 2011. An expert in international development, his fields of expertise include: microenterprise and microfinance, health, education, agriculture, environment, civil society strengthening, local capacity-building, governance and emergency relief and rehabilitation. Prior to joining Freedom from Hunger, Hollingworth spent 26 years with CARE, most recently as Chief Operating Officer, based in Atlanta, GA. In this capacity, he was instrumental in developing and implementing organization-wide strategy and was responsible for direct line management of global operations and programs with a total of 13,000 employees and a budget of $650 million. He has also held senior field positions in Asia (India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), Africa (Lesotho) and Latin America (Bolivia), building collaboration between practitioners, technical assistance providers, donors and government agencies.Mr. Hollingworth has an M.A. ( Econ) in Economics, Development Studies, from Victoria University of Manchester, UK and a B.A. in Economics from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.