Development Cooperation


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Academic Responsibility

Dr. Raphaela Kell

Department of International Relations
Institute for Political Science, RWTH

Studieren Ohne Grenzen Aachen e.V.

Contact Person



22. April 2021


 Thursday, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.




Development cooperation (DC) recently replaced the term development aid because it focuses on creating global cooperation and jointly reducing socioeconomic differences between the poorer and wealthier countries of this world. Even when Development Cooperation has already accomplished much progress, the term still feeds the narrative of people who help and those who are helpless. The course “Development Cooperation” deals with the challenge of not reducing the people of the global South to their needs, what effective development cooperation is and how we can work together side by side to achieve successes for people and the planet on a global level as well as with many other exciting questions about development cooperation.

The course discusses how the legacy of the colonial era influences the work of development cooperation organizations, how today’s widespread savior narrative emerged and is propagated and how development cooperation is financed and organized with examples of successful, effective cooperation. Development cooperation itself as well as the people working in the projects come from all disciplines due to the need for international cooperation as the need for exchange and improvement on a global scale exists regardless of professional boundaries. Therefore, this module is suitable for all interested people regardless of their field of study. The more diverse the team, the more diverse the solutions!

Learning Outcomes

In this course, students receive an overview of the origins, management and challenges of modern development cooperation. Subsequently, you will be familiar with the working and financing mechanisms of development cooperation organizations and projects. They know criteria for assessing the effectiveness of a project and know what to look out for in public relations in order to reduce postcolonial distorted portrayals and promote cooperation on an equal footing.




Titel der Veranstaltung


Montag 12:00 Uhr

Titel der Veranstaltung


Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation.


Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)
Protocol with critical analysis  (2 CP, not graded)
Term paper 10-15 Seiten (3 CP)

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