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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-638
Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Introduction to a specific technique or approach currently used in the international development field, focusing on project planning, community development, action research, or another similar area. Usually offered every term. May be taken pass/fail only.

SIS-638
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Gender Analysis and Development

This course explores the concept of gender and its practical application to international development programs and policy. It covers a variety of analytical and planning tools as well as frameworks and methodologies developed and used by gender practitioners and activists worldwide. Course participants review gender concepts, gender analysis frameworks, gender analysis tools and strategies for gender mainstreaming and gender integration in international relief and development programs. This interactive skills institute focuses on applying gender analysis tools in program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

SIS-638
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Project and Program Evaluation

This course focuses on the development of skills to evaluate projects and programs using a variety of qualitative tools. It provides a basic understanding of the steps to include in preparing for and conducting an evaluation and includes you as the evaluator; designing evaluations; developing indicators; and practicing the use of several different tools.

SIS-638
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Business-NGO Partnership Building

Provides the skills and knowledge to build successful cross-sector partnerships between businesses and NGOs based on practical experience. Covers skills that can be applied to all stages of this process: from networking, building relationships and trust, to writing an MOU, implementing a partnership and measuring outcomes.

SIS-638
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Innovation in Market Development

This course exposes students to new strategies to assist micro and small entrepreneurs in market development such as business training, strengthening producers' commercial relationships with suppliers & buyers, improving collaboration among producers, product development, and advisory and information services, among others. The course acquaints students with emerging and innovative ideas on market development best practices including the essential principles and core skills behind the design and management of market development interventions to create well-functioning markets. The course exposes students to the wide range of market development strategies, major intervention types and techniques, and tools and practices. A practical emphasis draws lessons from donor and practitioner agencies across the world through case studies and group exercises to illustrate emerging approaches to market development in different contexts (urban, rural, peri-urban, and transitional economies) and types of enterprises targeted (micro, small, and medium scale enterprises) to facilitate learning and enhance the skills and knowledge of students in the design and management of market development interventions.

SIS-638
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Organizational Development

Every organization, whether not for profit, for profit, or hybrid, begins with an idea. This idea is translated into a product or service that seeks to solve one or more problems. As the organization experiences success, it is required to evolve to improve its products or services, respond to market needs, and increase its effectiveness. In today's world, this evolution is constant, rapid, and affects every aspect of the organization - including its structure, human resources, culture, partnerships, administration and financing. Because of this, managing change is a critical leadership skill whether working for a startup, established middle-market player, or massive global brand. In this case-based course, the class uses an exceedingly practical hands-on approach to consider how to recognize, survive, and lead in the constant churn that is organizational development.

SIS-638
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Accounting Comes Alive for Development Practitioners

This course looks at the principles of accounting, finance, and business and their application to the development environment. Using the graphical Color Accounting learning system, the course establishes a logical and linguistic foundation for accounting. With a solid reporting framework in place, case studies of real business situations are examined. Students learn to use balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements to analyze the performance of reporting entities. The challenges of financial management and control are explored, along with practices for auditing and mitigating those challenges. The key issues of generally-accepted accounting practice are covered, along with abuses thereof so that the students can test the veracity of information they receive.