International development cooperation at eye-level

Academic Responsibility

Studieren Ohne Grenzen Aachen e.V.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Martina Fromhold-Eisebith

Chair of Economic Geography
RWTH Aachen

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Thursday, 4:30 – 6:00 pm


Hybrid (in person+ zoom)
Rogowski Building | Room 321

Schinkelstraße 2
52062 Aachen


Development cooperation recently replaced the term development aid, because it is about creating global cooperation and jointly reducing socioeconomic differences between the poorer and wealthier countries of this world. As much good as has already been done in the context of international cooperation, the existence of development cooperation reinforces a worldview in which there are those who help and those who are helpless. The course “Development Cooperation at Eye Level” deals with the challenge of not reducing people in the global South to their needs, of conducting effective development cooperation, and of working 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. We will discuss how the legacy of the colonial era influences the work of development cooperation organizations, how today’s widespread savior narrative came into being and is propagated, how development cooperation is financed, organized and evaluated, and examples of effective cooperation. People from all professional fields strive for interna:onal coopera:on, exchange and improvement of global conditions, and thus development coopera:on like this module is independent of professional boundaries. Therefore, the course module “Development Cooperation at Eye Level” is suitable for all interested people regardless of their field of study. The more colorful the team, the more diverse the approaches to 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 by which the effectiveness of a project can be assessed and know what to look out for in public relations in order to reduce postcolonially distorted portrayals and to promote cooperation on an equal level.


Vortrag online

(De)Colonization: The history of colonialism and its supposed end

Meike Strehl
Universität Kassel

Vortrag Präsenz

From concept design to effectiveness analysis: project management in development cooperation

Gabriella Hornung

Vortrag Präsenz oder online

The power and potential of money: financing development cooperation

Dr. Kathrin Berensmann
German Institute of Development and Sustainability

Vortrag Präsenz

Challenges and tendencies in reporting on the global south

Prof. Dr. Markus Behmer
Uni Bamberg

Vortrag Präsenz oder online

Evaluation and effectiveness in development cooperation

Dr. Isabel Mank / Ezra Bender
Dt. Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

Vortrag Präsenz

What contribution to development cooperation do spatial science perspectives offer?

Prof. Dr. Martina Fromhold-Eisebith
RWTH Aachen

Vortrag online

Is development cooperation necessary and, if so, also possible without paternalism?

Dr. Susanne Neubert
Seminar für Ländliche Entwicklung, HU Berlin

Vortrag Präsenz oder online

German enterprises in development cooperation

Ute Reckers
sequa gGmbH

Vortrag Präsenz

Development Cooperation and Sustainability Technologies – More Opportunities or Risks for the Global South?

Dr. Andreas Stamm
German Institute of Development and Sustainability

Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation. If you would like to take an exam, please make sure beforehand how you can get credit for it in your degree program. Of course, you can also take exams without receiving curricular credit for them. Visit our FAQs for more information.

In the following you will find all exams offered in this course. If you register the examination in RWTHonline, you will also find the assignment to the designations displayed in RWTHonline here:



Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)


4 Protcols (1-2 pages) (2 CP, not graded)

Project "Leonardo": Protocol with Analysis

4 Protcols (1-2 pages) + term paper (4 CP)

Project "Leonardo": Study Paper

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