Schedule of classes, readings and assignments (readings are on Moodle, unless links are provided)
Tue Aug 30: First day of class
Thu Sep 1: NGOs and donors: a historical perspective.
Reading: Too close for comfort: the impact of official aid on NGOs (Edwards and Hulme)
Tue Sep 6: NGOs as service providers.
Reading: Bebbington, Anthony. “New states, new NGOs? crises and transitions among rural development NGOs in the Andean region.” World Development 25, no. 11 (November 1997): 1755-1765.
Thu Sep 8: Contracting NGOs for social services: building civil society and efficient local government in Russia
Tue Sep 13: We are not contractors
Thu Sep 15: The business of humanitarian aid
Reading: Can Wal Mart be a humanitarian organization? (“Saying no to Wal Mart”)
Tue Sep 20: The NGO Scramble:
Thu Sep 22: NGOs and the 2010 Haiti earthquake
http://www.otherworldsarepossible.org/tale-two-ngos-haiti-disaster-aid-or-aid-disaster (see link below instead)
and listen to this 25 min documentary: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00mmnqy
Tue Sep 27: Evaluating NGOs: How can we give better?
“Nonprofit Overhead Costs: Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Misleading Reporting, Unrealistic Expectations, and Pressure to Conform.” + Additional short readings on nonprofits’ overhead issues.
Thu Sep 29: Randomized controlled trials for NGOs?
Tue Oct 4: Choosing from a menu thanks to online giving markets
Listen to this podcast (1h15min):
Explore these two websites:
Thu Oct 6: Why not just give directly to the poor?
Listen to the following:
Explore this website: http://www.givedirectly.org/
Tue Oct 11: Paper 1 due on Moodle by 23:59pm
Thu Oct 13: No advance reading. Materials provided in class today.
Tue Oct 18: Fall Break: No Class
Thu Oct 20: Do NGOs represent the poor? The case of the anti-sweatshop movement.
Naila Kabeer on sweatshops
Tue Oct 25: Mixing the NGO and business worlds
Readings on commercialization and its critics:
The case of Cabbages and Condoms
The pitfalls of profits (Weisbrod)
Should nonprofits seek profits (Foster and Bradach)
Thu Oct 27: Philanthroentrepeneurship the eBay way
Tue Nov 1: Can corporations save the world?
Corporate social responsibility: “The Good Company”
Thu Nov 3: Grameen Danone
Tue Nov 8: Paper 2 due on Moodle by 23:59pm
Thu Nov 10: Can we save the world by shopping well?
Go visit the Red campaign’s website to get your own sense of what it is: http://www.red.org/en/
Brand Aid: skim Intro and Read Chapter 1
Tue Nov 15: Brand Aid Chapter 2
Thu Nov 17: Brand Aid Chapter 3
Tue Nov 22: Brand Aid Chapter 4
Thu Nov 24: Thanksgiving: No Class
Tue Nov 29: Brand Aid Chapter 5
Thu Dec 1: Brand Aid: Conclusion
Wrap up discussion
Tue Dec 6: In class peer review of final paper
Wed Dec 7: Paper due on Moodle by 23:59pm.