Making Government Work in Hard Places

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With NovoEd, you can learn from the world's leading institutions and collaborate with students from more than 150 countries across the globe. This online education platform connects millions of students to MOOcs, or Massive Open Online Courses, to provide them with a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Students develop an understanding of the content through worthwhile projects and collaborating with their peers. You can create a learning experience that is entirely suited to your needs and...
With NovoEd, you can learn from the world's leading institutions and collaborate with students from more than 150 countries across the globe. This online education platform connects millions of students to MOOcs, or Massive Open Online Courses, to provide them with a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Students develop an understanding of the content through worthwhile projects and collaborating with their peers. You can create a learning experience that is entirely suited to your needs and preferences by responding to student learning as it happens. You can essentially shape your instruction to make the online classes more effective and productive. Through innovative technology, in-depth academic relationships with peers around the world, and instruction from distinguished professors at top universities, you can become an expert on anything from finance to decision quality.

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Across the globe many political leaders and civic groups seek to help their governments work better. They have the will to build change and a vision of a better future for citizens. The challenge is how to deliver on the promises made—how to create new practices, build new institutions, implement new policies, and transform incentives to sustain improvement.

This course introduces a way to think about solutions to common, yet difficult delivery challenges. Each week we will read a case study together, examine a problem in detail, create a “solutions" toolkit, and highlight potential obstacles. Then we offer you a second case study on the same theme. You will have a chance to offer your own thoughts and review one another's suggestions and ideas. Although it is possible to audit the course, we hope most of you will join a team and collaborate with others to come up with new ideas.

The case studies explore a range of institutions and ins...

Across the globe many political leaders and civic groups seek to help their governments work better. They have the will to build change and a vision of a better future for citizens. The challenge is how to deliver on the promises made—how to create new practices, build new institutions, implement new policies, and transform incentives to sustain improvement.

This course introduces a way to think about solutions to common, yet difficult delivery challenges. Each week we will read a case study together, examine a problem in detail, create a “solutions" toolkit, and highlight potential obstacles. Then we offer you a second case study on the same theme. You will have a chance to offer your own thoughts and review one another's suggestions and ideas. Although it is possible to audit the course, we hope most of you will join a team and collaborate with others to come up with new ideas.

The case studies explore a range of institutions and institutional changes, although all focus on creating the underpinnings for economic growth, improved quality of life, inclusiveness, and peace—four broad “development challenges." Drawn from actual experience around the world, each case starts with the problems a reform leader faces 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, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and offer new proposals.

The course introduces concepts and insights from applied political economy and the science of delivery. Sample 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 (focused on anti-corruption commissions and port reform); building trust and changing public expectations (city management examples); overcoming capacity traps (what to do when brain drain, political turbulence, or other problems de-skill government); facilitating inter-ministerial coordination at the cabinet level; strategy development and institutional transformation.


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