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Jamelia Harris received her PhD in International Development at the University of Oxford, where her research focused on labour markets and employment in developing countries, aspirations of the skilled workforce, and the economic effects of overseas development assistance and aid. Jamelia has worked as an Economist for the Government of Sierra Leone under the Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Scheme, as a lecturer at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone; and a Research Assistant at the University of the West Indies and the University of Oxford. She has also worked in a policy setting, having consulted on various projects for international development agencies such as the Overseas Development Institute, the Natural Resource Governance Institute, and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with an MSc. in Economics (with Distinction) and from the University of Southampton with a BSc. in Economics and Actuarial Science (First Class Honours).
The Development Economics course will be taught with an emphasis on finance and development. The course begins by assessing various problems in international development, how these problems are measured and which goals have been set to promote the development agenda. We then explore how development can be financed by looking at Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), examining theoretical arguments for ODA, innovative financing instruments and the incentive effects on Governments. The second part of the course delves into national Governments’ responsibility in the development process as it relates to revenue mobilisation, debt financing and public financial management reform. Finally, the course concludes by studying financial systems in developing countries, issues of financial inclusion, and the role of financial sector development in poverty reduction. The course will be taught using a mix of chapters from textbooks, journal articles, and policy documents from international development organisation. Classes will be a mix of lectures and tutorials.