The Private Sector in International Development

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Private Sector Internatl Devel

Fall 2021

Taught By: Anastasia Thatcher

Section: A

CRN: 11696

Credits: 3

The role of national and global companies as development sector actors has expanded and evolved. In a changing political context and declining bilateral official development assistance, companies are increasingly being called upon to fill the gap. Millennials expect their employers to be genuinely socially responsible and to have a purpose larger than profit. An increasing share of companies are investing and innovating to find models and partners to sustainably serve new markets in the base of the pyramid. These trends provide a backdrop for this course, which will give a framework for understanding the different modalities of private sector engagement in international development, including models of philanthropy, CSR, corporate volunteering, impact investing, data philanthropy and shared value. The course will use a case study based approach to emphasize a 'real-life' view of how decision-making happens, how and why organizations partner together, and the power and pitfalls of market-based development approaches. The class will invite senior leaders from different companies, NGOs and the UN to our classroom to share how multi-sector approaches to education, health, water, gender, Tech4Good, and livelihoods are changing. Lastly, the course will cover practical skills needed to influence thinking and advance arguments, including teaming, public speaking, problem solving, as well as development of persuasive arguments and presentations.

This course is part of the Development concentration in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:01am 10/22/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 9/1/2021 - 12/8/2021