Institutions of Aid (L2149)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

In this module, you study the changing relationships between the different organisations involved in international aid and development. 

You look at Millennium Development Goals and international agreements concerning aid and discover the complex and changing range of organisations and their histories, aims and incentives.

You'll study organisations including:

  • the multilateral development banks and the United Nations agencies
  • official bilateral agencies, including so called 'emerging' donors
  • the widening range of private and nongovernmental actors.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: