The lessons will be in Italian. Some teaching materials will be in English.
The course offers students the opportunity to know the operational planning and management tools of international cooperation projects, with specific focus on European methodologies.
The course is organized in two modules (24 hours each). The first introduces the key concepts of the project cycle focusing on the approach and its essential phases. The second explains the organization of European cooperation and the tools for analyzing and evaluating projects.
- European Union, Aid Delivery Methods – Project Cycle Management Guidelines, – March 2004 - pagg. 1-94 – 100-117 - https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sites/devco/files/methodology-aid-delivery-methods-project-cycle-management-200403_en_2.pdf
- Cespi, Manuale di formazione – Le nuove opportunità della cooperazione decentrata, Novembre 2005, pagg. 408 – 453 - http://piazzadellacooperazione.oics.it/manuale.pdf
- Concord, Annex I. Guidance Note On Using Devco's Revised Logical Framework (Prag 2015) - http://concordeurope.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/CONCORD_Guidelines_DEVCO_ApplicationForms_2016_logframe.pdf?d4ee7f
- Price Gittinger, J., 1984. Economic Analysis of Agricultural Projects. Economic Development Institute. The Johns Hopkins University Press for the World Bank. Baltimore.
- Campbell, H.F., e Brown, R.P.C., 2003. Benefit-Cost Analysis: Financial and Economic Appraisal using Spreadsheets. Cambridge University Press. New York.
- de Janvry, A., e Sadoulet, E., 2016. Development Economics. Theory and Practice. Routledge. London. Capp. 15-16. (*)
- Irvin, G., 1978. Modern Cost-Benefit Methods. An Introduction to Financial, Economic and Social Appraisal of Development Projects. McMillan. London Cap. 1.
- Mishan, E.J., e Quah, E, 2007. Cost–Benefit Analysis, 5th edition. Routledge. London. Part 4th.
- Nuti, F., 2001. La valutazione economica delle decisioni pubbliche. Giappichelli. Torino. Capp. 4 e 5. (*)
Before and during the lessons of both modules, Power Point presentations and exercise materials will be shared with students. Some of these will be in English.
In the specific, the course aims to share and make students understand the fundamental notions and different phases and features of the international cooperation projects life, with particular attention to the European Union strategies. At the same time, students will experience the basic approach concepts of the project cycle as methodology for the design and management of the international cooperation initiatives.
At the end of the course, the student will obtain the ability to approach project design in the international cooperation context. The student will also be able to orient oneself consciously in programming, identification, appraisal/formulation, economic-financial analysis, management and evaluation of development projects.
As an introductory course, the didactic approach will be oriented to practice rather than theory and modeling. During the workshop, students will be offered the opportunity to learn from concrete "case studies" of international cooperation projects.
In the first module, the presentation of theoretical tools will be alternate with practical exercises conducted in the form of international cooperation project simulation. In the second module, practical "workshops" are planned, where students will be able to analyze a large number of real co-operation cases, centered on different themes and conducted in various parts of the world.
The course will be leaded by:
- First module: Lorenzo Paoli, Knowledge coordinator in Oxfam Italy;
- Second module: Alessandro Cocchi, UE senior advisor.
Type of Assessment
The course does not have compulsory attendance, but it is strongly recommended the lessons participation considering the characteristics and methodologies of the lessons (maximum recommended absence of 30% of the module time).
At the end of the lessons, for each module, a written examination is provided. The course awards 6 CFU in the SECS-P / 06 disciplinary field. The final vote will be unique and will be calculated as the average of the results achieved in each module.
- Project Cycle Management Presentation.
- Project identification: problems and objectives tree.
- Project formulation.
- Definition of the project strategy.
- Logical Framework (EU focus).
- Indicators and means of verification.
- Activity plan and budget.
- Work Breakdown Structure.
- Management of the project.
- Monitoring and evaluation of the project.
- Introduction to institutional fundraising – Analysis of a call for proposal and project form (EU focus).
- Synthesis and wrap-up of the main topics of the module.
- Job expectations in the international cooperation.
- The legal basis of the European Cooperation for Development, its institutional organisation and how it is coordinated with the agencies for international development of the EU member states.
- General introduction to the financial and economic analysis of cooperation projects and its role in the framework of project cycle approach: financial and economic analysis, other complementary analytical tools and evaluation of projects in a situation of uncertainty.
- Financial analysis of a development project. First part: theory. Second part: workshop. An example of financial analysis of an enterprise development project.
- Financial analysis of a (multi-sector) land development project. First part: theory. Second part: workshop. An example of financial analysis of a multi-sector land development project.
- Economic analysis of a land development project. First part: theory. Second part: workshop. An example of economic analysis of an irrigation development project.
- LAB: rural development project. Workshop on an example of rural development project: the national, regional and local context, the planning instruments, the implementation phase, outcomes and sustainability.
- LAB: food and nutrition security project. Workshop on an example of food and nutrition security project: the national, regional and local context, the planning instruments, the implementation phase, outcomes and sustainability.
- LAB: climate change mitigation project. Workshop on an example of a EU project aimed at strengthening the resilience capacity of small and medium coffee producers vis à vis the effects of the climate change and/or adverse climatic conditions.
- LAB: the "Budget Support". What is a Budget Support Programme and how it works. Examples of EU Budget Support Programmes.
LAB: methods to support the identification of priority actions for development in case of uncertainty (examples of multi-criteria analysis)