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Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The laboratorio provides students with knowledge and skills to analyse model international cooperation projects based on different perspectives: economic, human development, decentralized cooperation, by considering the following elements, among others: reasons for choosing one particular methodology and relative evaluation challenges; analysis of best international practices; definition of evaluation and project impact measurement models.

Course contents

The laboratorio is structured in two parts.

The first part provides students with critical analytical tools necessary to contextualize international development cooperation projects. It introduces and discusses actors and processes in development cooperation (by focusing particularly on the European Union and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation), including the key role of project evaluation.

In the second part of the laboratorio, students have to present and analyse case studies (such as development cooperation projects financed and implemented by different actors) in class, also taking into account what was discussed in the first part.

More detailed instructions on student presentations will be provided at the start of the laboratorio, also in light of the number of participants.


A list of required readings will be provided in class and uploaded on Virtuale.

Teaching methods

The first part of the laboratorio consists of standard lectures with some interactive elements.

The second part of the laboratorio consists of oral presentations (supported by slides) by students.

Assessment methods

Attending students:

- Active participation in class (50% of the final mark)

- Group presentation (50% of the final mark)

NB: As this is a laboratorio, students are encouraged to attend as many lectures as possible. However, only those students who attend 70% of classes will be considered "attending" for assessment purposes.

Non-attending students:

Please contact the lecturer to make arrangements for an oral exam.

Teaching tools

Lecture slides, readings, documents and websites concerning international development cooperation.

Office hours

See the website of Michela Marcatelli