University of Gothenburg

New PhD Course on Making foreign aid work

The School of Global Studies in collaboration with the Development Research School at Lund University invite applications to the new PhD course (5 credits): "Making foreign aid work. Managing tensions between top-down and bottom-up approaches". Apply before 22 February 2023.

The goal of the course is to build knowledge about the essential and longstanding question why and when development cooperation is successful, and for whom. The course zooms in on donor-recipient relations and the tensions between top-down and bottom-up approaches in the management, delivery and implementation of foreign aid.

Fredrik Söderbaum, Professor at the School of Global Studies, is leading the course together with a team of lecturers and practitioners — Patrik Stålgren, Jesper Sundewall and Josephine Sundqvist — with decades of practical experience of managing and delivering foreign aid.

– This course provides doctoral students with a unique opportunity to build both theoretical and hands-on, practical knowledge about what makes foreign aid work across different policy fields, contexts, types of donors and aid modalities, says Fredrik Söderbaum.

The course runs on a part-time basis between 28 March and 26 May 2023. It consists of two parts. The first part is made up of four online seminars (28 March, 11 and 25 April, 9 May) with a short introductory lecture followed by discussions and presentations. In the second part of the course all participants will gather for an exciting on-site workshop at the School of Global Studies in Gothenburg (15-17 May).

The ambition is to attract doctoral students from a range of different disciplines and PhD programmes in order to create stimulating discussions with intense interaction between the teaching team/practitioners and the doctoral students. The course promises to be of direct relevance for the participant’s PhD projects and that the doctoral students will simultaneously be able to share their own experiences with other participants.