Management in a development context faces particular challenges, often faced with adverse conditions, where needs are acute and chronic, and citizen demand and accountability are often weak. The module reflects on changes in the view of government as being the primary change agent to government being one actor in managing development, often in partnership with other developmental actors, such as civil society, NGOs, donors and the private sector. The historical context of public and development administration is reviewed, moving onto exploring how public management and governance contribute to an understanding and appreciation of development management. The module therefore encourages students to ask `what is development management¿ and `who does, or should, manage development¿? The role of government is seen as central, at national and local levels, and the implications of decentralisation for development management are also explored. The nature, opportunities and challenges of partnerships, networks and relationships between actors in development management are central to the ideas, concepts and approaches covered in the module. By considering the role of communities and civil society, the module will reflect on whose development is being managed.