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Takeouts From Course on Making Foreign Aid Work: “A Genuine Success” 

group picture of participants in the gbg course
Group photo at Ågrenska Villan, in Gothenburg, where the workshop was partly held.

In May, the Development Research School’s third course was carried out. In contrast to previous courses, which were either all onsite or all online, this course was a hybrid of both. A combination which filled more than one purpose. 

The course, ‘Making Foreign Aid Work: Managing tensions between top-down and bottom-up approaches’, was coordinated from the University of Gothenburg in May. It was divided into two parts; the first one was made up of four online seminars and the second part brought all the participants together for a three day long on-site workshop in Gothenburg. 
Fredrik Söderbaum, who was leading the course, was also responsible for the course design, its content and structure. He was most pleased with the outcome: 
- The participating doctoral students were fantastic and made the course a genuine success. And the discussions between the policy makers and the doctoral students were particularly great, he says. 
The success can also be derived from the structure in which the on-site part was organised, which allowed for all participants to engage and discuss with each other more freely during the days.
- I hope that as many doctoral students as possible will continue to be active in the Development Research School and participate in future courses, workshops, and other activities, Fredrik Söderbaum says. 

Are you interested to know what the participating students thought of the course? See this article.