COURSE DESCRIPTION  (updated for Spring 2018)

This course will cover the principles, practice and phases of international development project management including community appraisal and project identification, design, execution, monitoring, and evaluation. Strategies, tools and skills that can be used to face the multidisciplinary, dynamic and complex nature of development projects and identify sustainable and community-based solutions, will be presented. The course will include an overview of appropriate technologies for water supply and treatment, wastewater treatment, solid waste management, indoor air quality, energy, food security as well as their potential advantages and disadvantages in different contexts, with a focus on small-scale, community level, practical applications. The relationship between appropriate technologies and social entrepreneurship and the potential that these technologies have for tackling many of the world’s most pressing issues, such as health, poverty, climate change and community empowerment, will also be discussed. Finally, the Water-Land-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus, its components and interactions will be presented.

Learning objectives:

  • Recognize the principles and application of the stages and methods of international development project management.
  • Identify the formats, tools, instruments, and procedures employed in the planning, implementation and evaluation of international development projects.
  • Evaluate and select appropriate technologies for specific scenarios.
  • Summarize the physical interlinkages, and the social and economic implications of the Water-Land-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus.

Course content:

Development Project Management:

  • Community appraisal and project identification
  • Project design
  • Project execution, monitoring and evaluation
  • Project frameworks

Appropriate technologies:

  • Water supply and treatment
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Solid waste management
  • Indoor air quality
  • Energy
  • Food security

Appropriate technologies and social entrepreneurship.
Water-Land-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus