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While I am supposed to be specialized in African affairs, I have interests in political economy and people's livelihood and development activities in various low-income societies including those in Asia. In the class of International Development Cooperation, I would like to have enthusiastic discussion over those issues with students. Also, I desperately hope that study at our school helps students implement effective development/ cooperation activities both abroad and at home.

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 About Takahashi Seminar

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 Reserch Topic

I have been studying and writing articles on African Economies, Development Policies in Low-Income Countries, Foreign Aid, and Poverty Reduction. I nowadays am focusing on understanding of characteristics of the state in different developing countries. I also would like to extend my research to relations between the state and people's livelihood in low-income societies.



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 CV

* MA (international affairs), 1991, Johns Hopkins University
* International Development Center of Japan. Economist, 1991-95.
* Kobe University. Associate Professor, 1995-2002. Professor, since 2002.

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 Major Publications

* Can “the Miracle“ be Replicated? Official Development Assistance and Technological Transfer from Japan to East Asia and Southern Africa, with Taichi Sakano. Journal of Developing Societies 15.1: 61-94, 1999.
* Partnership for Development in Africa through Sector Program Institute for International Cooperation. Japan International Cooperation Agency, 2001.
* Sector Programs in Africa: Development Partnership for Poverty Reduction. Technology and Development 16: 15-22, 2001.
* NEPAD and Governance in the Twenty-First Century. Japan Review of International Affairs 16.4: 263-82, 2002.
* “Development Coordination: A Challenge to Japan's Development Assistance for Poor Countries.” GRIPS Development Forum Discussion Paper 12, 2005
* Development and the State: Towards a Renewal of Political Economy of Africa, Keiso-Shobo, 2010.

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 International Development Cooperation

◎ Theme and Objectives
 This course aims at cultivating both basic and advanced knowledge in international cooperation for developing countries, which should play positive roles in development but sometimes hampers it.

International Development Cooperation

アフリカ経済論講義


◎ Description and Schedule
This course will be conducted basically in the seminar-style.

Chapter 0 Introduction: Social Science and Economic Development Cooperation:
Development and Poverty : their many faces and necessity for multi-disciplinary approach

Chapter 1 Meanings of Development
Development and growth
Development and human beings; entitlement, human capability, and choice
Development and society; capital accumulation, technological innovation, and institutional changes

Chapter 2 Poverty: its Many Faces and Measurement
Absolute poverty and relative poverty
Income poverty and human poverty
How to measure poverty: Income distribution and poverty gaps

Chapter 3 Economic Growth and Development
Economic Growth Models
Growth and Distribution
Roles of Productive Factors

Chapter 4 Structural Changes: Population, Migration, and Rural/Agricultural Development
Demographic transition
Aging society and demographic dividend
Impacts of population growth
Resource shift from agriculture to industry
Dualist labor migration models: Lewis and Todaro
Rural and agricultural development and the Green Revolution

Chapter 5 International Economics and Development
Theory of comparative advantage
The Prebisch-Singer theorem
Exchange rate and resource allocation
International capital markets and debts
Policies on trade and industrialization
Roles of foreign direct investment
Global supply chain

Chapter 6 Nature of Foreign aid
Historical peculiarity of foreign aid
Various modalities of aid
Rationale and motivation for giving aid
Motivation for receiving aid

Chapter 7 Economic Rationale/Roles of Foreign Aid Two gaps: I-S gap and foreign exchange gap
Technological gap
Fiscal gap
Other gaps

Chapter 8 The Role of the Government and the Market
Market failures, public goods, and free-riders
Experiences in economic development in East Asia in comparative contexts: government success?
From the market friendly approach to institutional building
Various aspects of governance issues
Public-private partnership

Chapter 9 Policy Reform Support and Structural Adjustment
Rationales for structural adjustment
Economic stabilization and structural reforms
Its outcome and impacts: Counterrevolution against social development?
Post-adjustment approaches
Transfer and application of experiences of one country/region to the other)such as western or Asian experience to Africa)

Chapter 10 Failures of Aid: Fatigue, Proliferation, and Fungibility
Aid failures and aid fatigue: proliferation and dependency
Aid absorption and effectiveness
Conditionality and selectivity: Dilemma of aid
Rationales for and mechanisms of aid coordination
Aid Dutch disease
Fungibility and aid

Chapter 11 New Approaches of Aid and International Cooperation
Significance of Poverty Reduction Strategy
Tracking, monitoring, and evaluation
General budgetary supports
Public financial management
Relations between foreign aid and other types of international cooperation

Chapter 12 Global Issues and International Development Cooperation
Environment and development
Economic globalization: historical perspectives
Impacts of globalization and collective action
Roles of emerging donors

◎ Message
 I would like to make classes as vibrant as possible. Those students who are not confident in conversational ability, however, are welcome. I try best to give them maximum opportuities to express their opinions.

(extracted from 2011 syllabus)

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 Contact


Prof. Motoki TAKAHASHI

C/O Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS), Kobe University

2-1 Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe 657-8501, Japan


E-mail to; tmotoki [at sign] kobe-u.ac.jp



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