The Private Sector in International Development

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Faculty: Anastasia Thatcher
Thursday 4:00pm - 5:50PM
NINT 5434 CRN 5304

The role of the private sector as a development sector actor has expanded and evolved. In 2011, private sector development assistance was estimated between $22-53 billion-and growing at a rate of 80-100% over the last five years. INGOs, donor and local governments all cite private sector partnerships as a strategic priority. Over the last decade FDI has expanded 10-fold compared to a 3-fold increase in official development assistance (ODA). Currently pharmaceutical companies spend billions on global health, each year. Companies like Danone, Vodafone and Barclays and others have set up dedicated social impact venture funds. The course will give a framework for understanding the different modalities of private sector (multinational company) engagement in development, including models of philanthropy, CSR, corporate volunteering, impact investing, and shared value. The course will use a case study based approach to emphasize a ‘real-life’ view of how decision-making happens, how and why organizations partner together, and the power and pitfalls of market-based development approaches. The class style will cover practical skills needed to influence and advance private sector thinking, including teaming, public speaking, problem solving, as well as development of persuasive arguments and business cases.

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Course Attributes: Liberal Arts, Open to Non Major with Restrictions
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  • November 20, 2017