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What Works: Promising Practices in International Development

Explore promising strategies in international aid related to agriculture, public health, governance, and poverty reduction.

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  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, starting from when you join
  • No certificate

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  • Unlimited access to the course for as long as it exists on FutureLearn
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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What Works: Promising Practices in International Development

Why join the course?

The history of international development is a complicated mixture of hopeful altruism and difficult reality. The media often paint development aid as wasteful spending, leaving the public wondering if any intervention can ever work. Yet can the case be made for a more optimistic outlook on international development?

Hear success stories from around the world

This free online course highlights case studies and strategies that are considered “successes” in improving the well-being of the poor and contributing to overall societal progress.

Researchers from the University of Oslo, Stanford University, the University of Malawi and the China Agricultural University will shed light on several promising practices, ranging from public health, agricultural, political, and economic development programs. You will be equipped with a toolkit to examine interventions critically, while recognizing how successful development strategies can be deployed in a range of international contexts.

Learn with internationally-renowned experts

During the course, you’ll hear from experts including Stanford’s Francis Fukuyama and Larry Diamond; former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Brundtland; and policy directors at Norad—the Norwegian Aid Agency. You’ll also get to share your ideas with other learners form around the world though course discussions and other activities.

You can find out more at whatworks-development.org or join our Facebook page.

Dan Banik and Kevin Hsu have also written a post for the FutureLearn blog: “Take part: 2015 is the European Year for Development.”

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When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people with an interest in international development, including students, researchers, policy makers, and those working for international development organizations and aid agencies.

Who will you learn with?

Dan Banik

Associate Professor and Research Director, University of Oslo; Consulting Scholar, Stanford University; Adjunct Professor, CAU, Beijing. Twitter: @danbanik https://www.facebook.com/dan.banik.official

Who developed the course?

Founded in 1811, the University of Oslo (UiO) is the highest ranked institution of education and research in Norway.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate

You can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalised certificate in both digital and printed formats, to celebrate taking part.

£34.00 + shipping

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