ADS722 - Private Sector Development: Corporations, Social-Enterprise and Microfinance


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour per week


This unit explores a range of ‘private sector’ approaches to development. The ‘private sector’ is that part of the economy which is run by private individuals or groups, usually (but not always) as a means of enterprise for profit, and is not controlled by the State.

Private sector approaches explored in this unit include:

  • corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate philanthropy
  • social enterprise
  • 'bottom of the pyramid' business
  • inclusive business / shared value business
  • microenterprise (including self-employed sole traders) and
  • microfinance for microenterprise/microentrepreneurs.

This unit also considers NGO-government-corporate partnerships for development (such as public-private partnerships).

This unit will evaluate the scholarship and practice of each of these approaches to development, critically analysing them in the light of the known causes and drivers of poverty and inequality, the issues of entrenched disadvantage and structural barriers, and the principles/theories of development effectiveness and empowerment.

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