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KEY ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Jennifer Shkabatur

The course provides an overview of the most burning economic, political, social, and technological aspects related to international development. The first part of the course will discuss why and how international development matters, provide an overview of the core principles of sustainable development and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030, and look into the basic theoretical approaches in this field. The second part will explore the global and national institutions that shape the political and socioeconomic development of countries. The third part will focus on some of the most pressing topics related to emerging markets: formal and informal labor markets, private sector development policies, gender opportunities and inequalities, and the new economics of the internet. The fourth will explore burning issues related to conflict and emergency in the developing world: the lasting impacts of conflicts and violence, and approaches to mitigate climate change and natural disasters. Each class will be accompanied by 2-3 case studies that will be discussed in-depth.

FROM DISASTER TO RELIEF: HUMANITARIAN AID AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Dr. Bruria Adini

Humanitarian crises occur worldwide as a result of natural disasters, infectious diseases or manmade events. The past decades have been characterized by an international commitment to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster-stricken areas. The challenges that exist in this context are complex, both in terms of providers and recipients of the aid, as well as in terms of ethical dilemmas that arise. The course will provide students with tools for analyzing var-ied types of humanitarian action, dilemmas arising from humanitarian assistance, and the pos-itive and negative impact of providing assistance to states and societies in disaster-stricken areas.

FINANCIAL REGULATION OF SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS

Dr. Daniel Schydlowsky

Economic development often presents significant social and environmental risks, which may include exploitation of local communities and resources, human rights violations and abuses, intra-community conflicts, damage to the environment and to local cultural heritage, and more. Such risks significantly threaten the financial stability, social cohesion, political consensus and international reputation of a country, eventually hampering its economic growth. Yet such risks should be eminently preventable or at least abatable, given timely foresight, suitable grievance procedures and other means for generating a perception and realization of positive sum outcomes. The financial system is invariably impacted negatively by socioenvironmental risks. Accordingly, the Financial Regulator needs to be aware of these implications and adopt timely and suitably calibrated regulatory precautions. Practice in this regard, however, is still in its infancy.

This course is designed to acquaint students with the issues involved, the considerable negative impact resulting from neglect of socioenvironmental risks, and the potential for constructive action, from prevention through abatement to remediation.

ENTREPRENEUSHIP AND INNOVATION IN EMERGING ECONOMIES

Dr. David Bentolila

Mr. Reuven Krupik

This course will explore how entrepreneurship and innovation tackle complex social problems in emerging economies. The course is delivered by two leading professionals with decades of entrepreneurial experience in developing countries. It combines lectures, case analyses, and collaborative discussions, with a hands-on guidance to students to develop their own innovative idea that could address a pressing social or economic problem in a developing country.

The first part of the course will focus on basic principles of entrepreneurial thinking and behavior. It will introduce the role of the entrepreneur, models of entrepreneurial behavior in various market settings, strategies on how to identify business opportunities and assess their potential, and approaches on how opportunities can be turned into viable business models in the context of emerging economies.

The second part of the course will consist of a hands-on mentoring process, as part of which students will be guided through the process of identifying and developing their own innovative ideas. Students will learn different approaches on how to identify and crystalize an entrepreneurial idea, how to develop it based on the principles of the Business Model Canvas, and how to turn it into a viable business model.

INNOVATION, GOVERNANCE & DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Dr. Jennifer Shkabatur & Ms. Dana Manor

This hands-on workshop provides students with a unique opportunity to engage with key representatives from government agencies, international organizations, start-ups, large firms, civil society organizations, and research institutions that lead innovative projects and initiatives in developing countries in fields such as medicine, water, agri-tech, energy, education and cyber. The workshop will provide an overview of the Israeli policies and ecosystem of engagement in developing countries; introduce students to actors and projects in specific geographic locations (Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Asia) and priority sectors; and include “cultural literacy” training to acquaint students with basic principles of engagement with government agencies and private companies in distinct cultural environments. The workshop will also feature field visits to Israeli companies to get a first-hand impression of the development of Israeli innovations.

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