IE 478 - Managing International Development Programs

  • 3 credits
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Why do countries invest in the development of others? What does sustainable development really mean and how do we achieve it? The answers to these questions are perhaps the central interest of international development practitioners around the world.

This course is a practical skill-building course for designing and managing international projects that aim to solve global development issues that support a country's self-reliance, environmental sustainability, population health, education reforms and alleviate poverty. Along the way, we will discuss the role of culture in sustainable development as well as a number of geopolitical issues that inhibit program success.

Students will have an opportunity to learn how to write grant proposals, develop project work plans, design data collection methodologies, learn directly from development practitioners and recruiters about the industry, and complete a career readiness component. The course draws on students' personal and professional interests and capacities for the design of course content and process.

Join us as we turn theory into practice, problems into sustainable solutions, and prepare you for global citizenship!

This course can be applied toward:

  • International Development Minor (requirement)
  • Elective (graduate and undergraduate)

Junior standing.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Development Practitioner's Gems of Wisdom for Managing USAID Awards
  • The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies, 1st Ed. (2018)
    Veltmeyer, H. & Bowles, P. (eds.)


Sarah Phillips

Sarah Dunn Phillips (she/her/hers pronouns) received her Master’s in International Education from American University in Washington, D.C. and her Bachelor’s in International Studies and Religious & Ethical Studies from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Sarah is an international development professional focused on supporting socially just oriented individuals and institutions to build a more just and peaceful world. She has worked in over 25 countries during the past 20+ years focusing on creating higher education and economic opportunities for marginalized populations. As an expert on ecosystems for creating positive change and growth around the world, her services have been retained by leading development institutions, corporations, foreign countries, and others for more than two decades. She is writing her first book on hidden LGBTQAI+ voices. Currently, she is an Adjunct Instructor for Colorado State University's Office of International Programs and works for Duke University’s Global Health Innovation Center working with entrepreneurs to improve access to quality healthcare worldwide by supporting the scale and impact of promising innovations.