Course Description

IN PERSON: For some citizens, the topic of U.S. foreign aid is contentious, yet many people are unclear how foreign assistance works and what it achieves. This lecture-style course explains the foundations of development assistance and its management by foreign service officers in U.S. embassies around the world. Participants will gain a rich understanding of the importance of U.S. assistance at both the humanitarian and political levels. Our emphasis will be on USAID program areas such as disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, health promotion, democracy, the environment, counternarcotics, education and economic development. Using concrete examples from the instructor’s experience, such as her work in Zambia that cut maternal mortality by 55% and dramatically reduced malaria, students will gain a reality-based appreciation of how U.S. investments achieve results and benefit the U.S. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 30.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
Understanding Foreign Assistance: How Does It Work and Does It Work?
Classroom - In Person
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Feb 02, 2023 to Apr 06, 2023
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Classroom - In Person  
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: The instructor will provide ample time for discussion and will encourage student participation. Brief handouts will guide sessions. No advance reading is required, but the USAID website is a useful resource for those who wish to know more. The course does not cover military assistance.

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