Making Government Work in Hard Places

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Around the globe, there are public servants and civic leaders who want to create a better future for their fellow citizens. The challenge is how to deliver—how to create new practices, build new institutions, implement new policies, and transform incentives to sustain transformation.

This course is about the “hows” of generating institutional change in hard places. Each week we focus on a different kind of challenge. You will read a case study, examine a problem in detail, help create a “solutions" toolkit, and then apply these insights to a second case.

The course introduces concepts and insights from applied political economy and the science of delivery. Topics include:

  • Reducing delay, error, and diversion of funds in citizen services
  • Using citizen monitoring and community-driven projects to improve services in rural areas
  • Preventing conflicts of interest or self-dealing from blocking institutional reform; building ...

Around the globe, there are public servants and civic leaders who want to create a better future for their fellow citizens. The challenge is how to deliver—how to create new practices, build new institutions, implement new policies, and transform incentives to sustain transformation.

This course is about the “hows” of generating institutional change in hard places. Each week we focus on a different kind of challenge. You will read a case study, examine a problem in detail, help create a “solutions" toolkit, and then apply these insights to a second case.

The course introduces concepts and insights from applied political economy and the science of delivery. Topics include:

  • Reducing delay, error, and diversion of funds in citizen services
  • Using citizen monitoring and community-driven projects to improve services in rural areas
  • Preventing conflicts of interest or self-dealing from blocking institutional reform; building trust and community and changing public expectations
  • Overcoming capacity traps (what to do when brain drain, political turbulence, or other problems de-skill government)
  • Facilitating coordination at the cabinet level
  • Developing a strategy and the incentives to sustain change.

Drawn from actual experience around the world, each case starts with the problems a reform leader faced and traces the steps taken to address these. You will have a chance to assess the process and decide whether the solutions might work in your own context, as well as offer new proposals.

Through quizzes and open response assignments, you will be able to share ideas with others and practice what you have learned.

No certificates, statements of accomplishment, or other credentials will be awarded in connection with this course.

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Moji Rhodes

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years ago
Very relevant and practical teaching content method. Despite working in Lagos State Government for 8 years, i have learnt so much from this course that will be beneficial and a value add to my role in Government. Hope there are plans for part 2 of this course.
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DONNY ASTOR

10/10 starsCompleted
1 year, 10 months ago
Prof Jennifer Widner does an outstanding JOB on this subject. She lays out a Comprehensive plan of Case studies, and Readings. Those readings map out the body of key points. She used a good balance of Videos, good Readings, essays, and posts (replies) to essays to drive home key points. My favorite was her borrowing "Bit's & Pieces" of MBA Knowledge, and making that a Bonus part of the course. Recommended for all between the ages of 15 and up.
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3 years, 11 months ago
Prof Widner has an excellent speaking style (recommend at 2x because she enunciates well). Her lectures are clear and concise and well thought out. I am sure this course will be well worth your time if you want to know how to make government work in third world countries to better serve the people. Note that no completion certificates are given.
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Obinna Anah

6/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 1 month ago
Governance is becoming very difficult day by day across the world. A course as this will help change some minds and therefore contribute to total change within certain spheres. This is a good work.
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Daniel Masetu

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 1 month ago
Relevant to governments requiring total transformation. Excellent to government officers involved in staff change management and institutional transformation.
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Zara Binta

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 11 months ago
This is an excellent course with new emreging concepts. I recommend everyone to take this couse especially in this 21st century. It will help understand development.
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