Making foreign aid work (third cycle, 5 credits)

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Duration: March 28, 2023- May 26, 2023

The Development Research School invites applications to the new PhD course: “Making foreign aid work: Managing tensions between top-down and bottom-up approaches”.

The goal of the course is to build knowledge about the essential and longstanding question why and when development cooperation is successful, and for whom. The course zooms in on donor-recipient relations and the tensions between top-down and bottom-up approaches in the management, delivery and implementation of foreign aid.

Fredrik Söderbaum is leading the course together with a team of lecturers and practitioners — Patrik Stålgren, Jesper Sundewall and Josephine Sundqvist — with decades of practical experience of managing and delivering foreign aid.

This course provides doctoral students with a unique opportunity to build both theoretical and hands-on, practical knowledge about what makes foreign aid work across different policy fields, contexts, types of donors and aid modalities.

Practical information

The course runs on a part-time basis between 28 March and 26 May 2023. It consists of two parts. The first part is made up of four online seminars (28 March, 11 and 25 April, 9 May) with a short introductory lecture followed by discussions and presentations. In the second part of the course all participants will gather for an exciting on-site workshop at the School of Global Studies (SGS) in Gothenburg (15-17 May).

The ambition is to attract doctoral students from a range of different disciplines and PhD programs in order to create stimulating discussions with intense interaction between the teaching team/practitioners and the doctoral students. The course promises to be of direct relevance for the participant’s PhD projects and that the doctoral students will simultaneously be able to share their own experiences with other participants.


22 February 2023.