- Class Number 4345
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic On Campus
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Sarah Milne
- Dr Sarah Milne
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
This course explores contemporary global governance in practice, using case studies about the work of Multilateral Development Banks, like the World Bank and other regional development banks. Organisations like the World Bank have the potential to set the agenda for international development assistance, and traditionally have done so. However, geo-political changes at the start of the “Asian Century” are now leading to new and competing sources of development knowledge and finance. In this context, we explore the ideas, tools and policies that are typically used by Multilateral Development Banks to guide their operations and exert influence, including: the Sustainable Development Goals; loans for infrastructure; country-level reform packages; mechanisms for securing global public goods like biodiversity; rising private sector engagements; safeguards and grievance mechanisms; and indicators. We explore the power, efficacy and limitations of these global governance practices, revealing: (i) the social construction and political nature of global expertise; and (ii) how institutions like the World Bank are not monolithic, but are often subject to internal contestation and practical limitations, as they confront a wide variety of complex, real-world problems.
This course material has proven to be appropriate for EMD and MAAPD Masters students, as well as others in POGO, International Relations and Anthropology.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate and explain the role and significance of Multilateral Development Banks as global development institutions.
- Examine and critically analyse, in a practical and ethnographic way, Multilateral Development Banks and their influence in developing country contexts.
- Contribute to public debate about the potential future role of Multilateral Development Banks for human development and sustainability this century.
Readings will be available in Wattle.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Studying Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs): Explains the significance of the World Bank and other MDBs for global governance and development, and how we might study this.|
|2||Knowledge and Discourse in MDBs: Examines the World Bank as a "knowledge bank", and explores the role and sources of "buzz words" in global development practice.|
|3||MDBs as Development Think-Tanks: Examines the World Bank's "World Development Reports" and their significance for global development practice (with Guest lecturer Colin Filer)|
|4||MDBs and Country Partnerships: This lecture explores how country-level engagements with global governance institutions work, using ethnographic insights from World Bank and Asian Development Bank projects.|
|5||Poverty Alleviation and its discontents: Explores how the World Bank approaches its core mission of poverty alleviation, and how this can have unexpected side-effects. Guest Lecturer John McCarthy provides an Indonesian case study.|
|6||Contemporary development finance, and the role of China: Discussion about development finance and its modalities, with a focus on Chinese sources (with Guest lecturer Denghua Zhang)|
|7||Infrastructure and MDBs: Examines recent World Bank experiences with dam construction, alongside new trends with Chinese-backed developments through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)|
|8||Safeguard policies: Examines the vital role of social and environmental safeguards in development practice, and current changes that are underway, especially within the World Bank|
|9||Justice accorded? Grievance Mechanisms and MDBs: Focuses upon the unique mechanisms available to project stakeholders to complain about Bank projects that they deem to be unsatisfactory. A case study of complaints over palm oil investments is provided (Guest Lecturer Lesley Potter)|
|10||Indicators and the Bank's embrace of quantitative data: A critical examination of knowledge production at the Bank, with a focus upon the role of indicators, especially in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).|
|11||A new mandate? Financing global public goods: Considers the role and influence of the Bank this century, as global-scale problems like climate change and biodiversity loss need to be addressed (with inputs from a biodiversity practitioner in the World Bank.)|
|12||The future of development finance and MDBs: A Q&A will be held with a senior practitioner in the aid industry. Students will prepare questions beforehand, in keeping with course themes.|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|First Essay||25 %||31/03/2021||05/04/2021||1|
|Reading Reflection Forum||5 %||06/03/2021||08/04/2021||1, 2|
|Group Statement||20 %||17/04/2021||24/04/2021||3|
|Second Essay||40 %||05/06/2021||02/07/2021||2|
|Short presentation||10 %||29/04/2021||02/07/2021||1, 2, 3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1
Weeks 2-7. This short essay explains and critiques a World Bank or other MDB "buzzword" of your choice. Assignment instructions and assessment criteria available in Wattle.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
Reading Reflection Forum
Weeks 2-6. A short summary and discussion about one class reading. Occurs weekly - students must choose which week they will participate. Assignment instructions and assessment criteria will be available in Wattle.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 3
Weeks 2-6. Group analysis of one World Development Report (or other report from ADB), along with a "personal reflection statement" about the assignment. Assignment instructions and assessment criteria will be available in Wattle.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 2
Weeks 7-12. Case study of the World Bank or other MDB in a country of your choice. Assignment instructions and assessment criteria available in Wattle.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Weeks 8-12. A short presentation or podcast about your country case study (see Second Essay). These presentations/podcasts will run weekly from week 8. Students choose which week they will present. Assignment instructions and assessment criteria available in Wattle.
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anthropology of development; environment and development; political ecology; institutional ethnography
Dr Sarah Milne