• Offered by Policy and Governance Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Development Studies, Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

The unit aims to help participants to understand the specific elements and tools of program management and to be able to apply them in a critical fashion

  • to consider aid program management as a policy issue, as much as an administrative process in aid delivery
  • to analyse the different tools available, their strengths and weaknesses, the reasons for using them.
  • to understand how different perspectives in aid programming (including gender, beneficiary, administrator and donor) will influence program outcomes.

This unit will take a comparative approach, looking at the experiences in program management from the perspective of different stakeholders such as multilateral organisations, government, donors, contractors and non-government organisations.  The tutorial workshops will particularly focus on the debates on why these tools are important.  Finally the course  will examine issues of measuring the effectiveness of development work an touch on the ethics in aid programming.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the end of the course the students will be able to :

  • Be able to design a small scale development project and be able to contribute to the design of major projects;
  • In a policy setting be able to defend the different perspective of stakeholders in a development program;
  • Demonstrate an understand of  the difficulties of including gender perspectives in development work;
  • Be able critically analyse a complete Logical Framework Analysis in a national policy context. .
  • Be able to choose the most appropriate monitoring and evaluating approach to a particular development program.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

On Campus. 

Indicative Assessment

  •  Prepare a small Project Design of no more than 15 pages plus annexes. The details of the project to be discussed will be determined in the first lecture. 
  • One Reaction paper (25%) of 2,500 words from three selected readings from the reading lists for one of the four themes of: i) the project cycle; ii) participation; iii) gender; iv) the Logical framework Analysis.
  • 25% - One seminar paper based on an issue of participation in program planning to be decided by the student.
  • 10% - Participation in course; this will include taking a role in the discussion each week on a specific question.  A roster will be prepared for this.  For the two weeks when there are no formal lectures, September 26 and October 17, an online forum will be set up on the ANU's Alliance website.

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Students can expect to spend 6 hours of study per week over the 13 weeks, on this course.  This includes 2 hours face-to-face contact.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3762
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4566
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