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GMA P217: Poverty and Development

Course Description

Human security is the wellbeing of people and how that wellbeing is interpreted, mediated and intervened upon the state, global institutions, local civil society, and the private sector. Because it’s such a vast topic, each year we will explore specific themes. This year we focus on Market Approaches to Humanitarian and Development Assistance.  


During the module we will explore how private sector approaches – both legal and illegal – work with state and local actors to strengthen or diminish human security.  We will uncover how commercial, government and non-profit stakeholders engage market forces to distribute a range of products and services to low-income households.  


Each class examines a different approach to tapping the energy of the market to further the goals of human security.  We will see how breakthroughs in the banking and retail sectors have combined forces with investors and anthropologists to understand and serve people at the margins of development. We will drill into innovations in education and agriculture are opening new avenues for previously excluded populations.  


Course faculty: Kim Wilson
Course duration: First half
Credits/Units: 1.5