Politics and Development
"Good governance" is an essential condition for growth in low-income countries, and for human development as well. A number of the country assistance programs of bilateral and multilateral development agencies are predicated on a minimum set of successful governance reforms including anti-corruption measures and efforts to improve public administration efficiency. "Good governance" is also the primary focus of efforts to improve the effectiveness of aid. Definitions of "governance" range from a restricted view focusing on sound management of the economy, and a more expansive one that aims for political liberalization and addresses problems of social inequality. This course develops an understanding of the importance of good governance as it relates to economic, political and social development, and the various reforms being implemented to improve governance in low-income contexts.
This course is eligible towards the completion of the Certificate in International Development . Bundle your coursework and earn a professional credential that communicates knowledge and skills gained. Declared Certificate students receive 10% off of courses within the program.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of the role of good governance in the context of human development and the Sustainable Development Goals
- An understanding of the impact of good governance on a country’s development, including the effectiveness of foreign aid
- Students interested in "good governance" and how it related to economic, political, and social development
- People who would like to learn more about improving public administration efficiency