University of Sussex Business School

Horizontal Development(s) (007IDA)

Horizontal Development(s)

Module 007IDA

Module details for 2022/23.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module explores emerging ‘horizontal’ forms of development assistance and humanitarian aid. These include flows of resources, expertise and labour that make
up ‘South-South humanitarianism’ (Pacitto and Fiddian-Qasmiyeh 2013). They are understood as informal, decentral development practices, and include hometown associations and grassroots groups, local and international solidarity activities, and peer-to-peer assistance. Topics and questions cover to what extent these forms of private aid address the power differentials that lie at the heart of the traditional North-South aid paradigms; whether these initiatives have distinctive modes of operation or ethics; and what difference these new forms of aid make for those that receive their support.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of key theoretical perspectives on horizontal development(s)

Critically reflect on the theories of, and assumptions about, peer-to-peer support, private aid, and solidarity in dominant development paradigms.

Critically analyse the political, economic and social factors that shape these emerging forms of development and private aid

Independently identify, explore and evaluate appropriate evidence of drivers of such private aid activities through specific case studies.

Critically apply knowledge of key theoretical perspectives to analyse, evaluate and assess the implications of these emerging forms of development horizontality.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ProjectT1 Week 7 25.00%
ReportXVAC Week 1 75.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterWorkshop3 hours11111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Tahir Zaman


Prof Anne-Meike Fechter

Convenor, Assess convenor

Mr Ben Facer

Assess convenor

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