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What Works: Promising Practices in International Development

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

What Works: Promising Practices in International Development

Can the case be made for a more optimistic outlook on international development?

Learn with internationally-renowned experts

Researchers from the University of Oslo and Stanford University, together with colleagues from Malawi, China and the UK, will examine interventions critically, while exploring how successful development strategies can be deployed in a range of international contexts.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Core concepts in development theory
  • Poverty reduction and income inequality
  • Food security and agriculture
  • Global governance and international cooperation
  • Human rights and development
  • Good governance, rule of law and state building
  • Public participation and civil society
  • Successful cases of national and international development initiatives

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Gain ability to examine interventions critically, while recognizing how successful development strategies can be applied in a broad range of international contexts
  • Explore how to better understand what works, how and why in relation to global and national development programmes and anti-poverty interventions
  • Reflect on the impact of specific development programmes and projects at reducing poverty

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for people with an interest in international development, including students, teachers, researchers, policymakers, activists, pensioners, diplomats, and those working for international development organisations and aid agencies.

Who will you learn with?

Dan Banik

Dan Banik is Professor of Political Science and Research Director at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo
Twitter: @danbanik (

Who developed the course?

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

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  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes

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