Children standing in front of a ceramic plant in the Brazilian state of Maranhao. (Photograph courtesy of Monica Pinhanez.)
section contains the term paper assignments, along with exemplary papers by students. The readings
section contains a full reading list, including an article by Professor Tendler.
This course treats public-sector policies, programs, and projects that attempt to reduce poverty and unemployment in developing countries, mainly through directly income-generating activities and employment. Topics covered are:
- the nature of poverty and targeting,
- the political-economy and politics of poverty-reducing initiatives,
- implementation experiences,
- employment and local economic development, particularly as related to small and medium enterprises and the informal sector,
- cooperatives and other forms of collective action for income generation, and
- decentralization, civil society, and non-government organizations.
*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.