Development Policies and Practices

Rethink development policies and translate them into effective practices

Explore some of the most pressing regional and global development challenges, and enhance your analysis and leadership skills. Conduct a professional thesis at work, and engage with international faculty and peers in one of our six regional hubs & in Geneva!

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CONTACT US
Bruno Medroa | Programme Manager | +41 (0)22 908 62 53
dpp@graduateinstitute.ch

objectives

  • Immerse yourself in Africa, Central Asia & Caucasus, Latin America, Middle East or Southeast Asia, and connect local realities to the global context

  • Enhance your ability to conduct strategic analysis and apply newfound skills through a professional thesis at work

  • Sharpen your professional skills, such as foresight or critical thinking, to develop innovative solutions to today's development problems

  • Present the findings of your thesis in public, and discover Geneva-based organisations and Swiss public administrations

  • Engage with faculty and peers from all over the world, and join a vibrant community of 900+ alumni

 

Who is this programme for?


This programme is particularly relevant for mid- to senior-level professionals holding or aspiring to leadership positions in governments, international organisations and NGOs, as well as those working in the private sector seeking to gain knowledge and experience in the field of development.
 

 

Related SDGs
 

SDG 1 - No poverty SDG 2 - zero hunger SDG 4 - quality education SDG 9 - industry, innovation and infrastructure  SDG 17 - partnerships for the goals

 

Calendar

Module 1: between June and Oct. 2023
Module 2: between June and Dec. 2023 - Diploma only
Module 3: Jan. to Feb. 2024 - Diploma only
(exact dates TBC)

Applications open until 15 March 2023!

 

Fees

Fees
Certificate: CHF 8'500
Diploma: CHF 3'500 to 25'000
(according to country of origin)

Fees include logistics, except for travel to Module 1

 

Discounts

Discounts
Scholarships, Alumni or Chèque de formation
Contact us

 

Location

Module 1: in Accra, Bangkok, Bishkek, Doha, Lima or Ouagadougou & online
Module 2: at place of work with e-learning
Module 3: in Geneva

 

Location

Languages
English, French or Spanish
 

Our open enrolment programmes can be adapted to fit the needs of your organisation.

Customise the programme

Module 1

3 weeks full-time in Accra, Bangkok, Bishkek, Doha, Lima or Ouagadougou & 2 weeks full-time online - Certificate & Diploma

  • Analyse region-specific issues and understand interactions between policies, programmes implementation and the influence of the different actors

  • Acquire methodological skills to carry out an applied research

  • Rethink projects using strategic management tools

  • Learn how to integrate gender into development policies and programmes

The participants to the Certificate must write a paper and submit it two months after the end of the module.

 

Module 2

4 months part-time at your place of work with e-learning - Diploma

  • Conduct data collection and analysis for your professional thesis

  • Write your professional thesis (topic relevant to your work and the needs of your organisation)

  • Attend elective e-learning courses on different topics (TBC)

 

Module 3

2.5 weeks full-time in Geneva - Diploma

  • Strengthen your leadership skills (mediation, negotiation, communication, foresight)

  • Present the findings of your professional thesis in public

  • Participate in working sessions with public administrations, international organisations and NGOs

Courses are in English, French or Spanish (with translations)

 

pedagogical approaches
 

  • Peer-to-peer learning - engage with peers from various continents and sectors

  • Interactive teaching - learn actively with learner-centered approaches

  • Partners faculty and speakers - benefit from guidance and coaching from our staff

  • Case studies, field visits - look into concrete field projects and classes

  • Diversity - benefit from exposure to speakers, faculty staff and peers from four continents

  • Professional thesis - write a paper with professional relevance and impact, through guidance from teachers and discussions with peers

 

Calendar

Module 1: between June and Oct. 2023
Module 2: between June and Dec. 2023 - Diploma only
Module 3: Jan. to Feb. 2024 - Diploma only
(exact dates TBC)

Applications open until 15 March 2023!

 

Fees

Fees
Certificate: CHF 8'500
Diploma: CHF 3'500 to 25'000
(according to country of origin)

Fees include logistics, except for travel to Module 1

 

Discounts

Discounts
Scholarships, Alumni or Chèque de formation
Contact us

 

Location

Module 1: in Accra, Bangkok, Bishkek, Doha, Lima or Ouagadougou & online
Module 2: at place of work with e-learning
Module 3: in Geneva

 

Location

Languages
English, French or Spanish
 

Our open enrolment programmes can be adapted to fit the needs of your organisation.

Customise the programme

fees
 

Certificate: CHF 8'500
Diploma: CHF 3'500 to 25'000, according to country of origin

Priority countries

If you are coming from a priority country, your financial contribution will be limited to CHF 3'500. Logistic fees are organised and covered by the programme. You are only required to organise and take at your expenses the round trip to attend Module 1.

Opportunities for other countries

If you are coming from a non-priority country, you may still be eligible for cost reduction and your financial contribution will be fixed according to the Human Development Index (HDI):

  • CHF 12'500 for candidates coming from a country with a low-to-medium HDI

  • CHF 17'500 for candidates coming from a country with a high HDI

  • CHF 25'000 for candidates coming from a country with a very high HDI

Swiss candidates

Your contribution will vary between CHF 3'500 and CHF 25'000, and will be fixed according to your 'Revenu Déterminant Unifié' (RDU). For more information, please, contact Bruno Medroa.

If you are a Geneva tax payer, you may be eligible to the chèque annuel de formation (CAF) up to CHF 2'250, delivered by the Canton of Geneva. The CAF request must be made before the start of the training. The programme reference is 2713.

Scholarship Terms and Conditions
 

 

Entry requirements
 

  • Bachelor's degree (minimum 3 years) and several years (ideally 5-7 years) of professional experience (or an equivalent combination of training and experience)

  • Proficiency either in English, French or Spanish

  • Support of the applicant's organisation - Diploma only

  • Optimal age: between 30 and 45 years - Diploma only

 

degrees awarded


In order to better reflect the professional orientation of our programmes and to comply with Swiss practice, the titles of the degrees we award will be as follows:

Executive Certificate in Development Policies and Practices
Certificate of Advanced Studies - CAS (15 ECTS)
Requires successful completion of Module 1 assessments and final paper

Executive Diploma in Development Policies and Practices
Diploma of Advanced Studies - DAS (30 ECTS) - equivalent to the Executive Master
Requires successful completion of Modules 1, 2 and 3 assessments and thesis

The contents, degrees awarded, duration and credits remain the same, only the titles change.

Learn more about the Swiss university system

Both programmes count towards the Executive Master in International Relations

 

 

APplication process

  • Online application form

  • Scanned copies of your academic degrees

  • Letter of reference from your current or previous employer -  Certificate only

  • Letter from your current employer explaining the relevance of your professional thesis for the institution's activities and objectives. This letter must be written on headed paper and include the full contact details of the person signing it: surname, first name, position, email address and telephone number - Diploma only - Download letter outline

 

Alumni benefits
 

Upon successful completion of the degree (Certificate or Diploma), participants become alumni of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and get the following benefits:

  • Full alumni membership of the Graduate Institute alumni network of 19,000+ members

  • 10% discount on Executive Education programmes

  • Networking and professional development opportunities through alumni regional chapters and DPP community of practice

 

Calendar

Module 1: between June and Oct. 2023
Module 2: between June and Dec. 2023 - Diploma only
Module 3: Jan. to Feb. 2024 - Diploma only
(exact dates TBC)

Applications open until 15 March 2023!

 

Fees

Fees
Certificate: CHF 8'500
Diploma: CHF 3'500 to 25'000
(according to country of origin)

Fees include logistics, except for travel to Module 1

 

Discounts

Discounts
Scholarships, Alumni or Chèque de formation
Contact us

 

Location

Module 1: in Accra, Bangkok, Bishkek, Doha, Lima or Ouagadougou & online
Module 2: at place of work with e-learning
Module 3: in Geneva

 

Location

Languages
English, French or Spanish
 

Our open enrolment programmes can be adapted to fit the needs of your organisation.

Customise the programme

Engage with professors, renowned professionals and peers from around the world. Get hands-on experience in one of our six regional hubs and benefit from the best expertise of regional universities, bilateral agencies, NGOs, public administrations and international organisations. The programme welcomes each year a high number of guest speakers from all sectors, in addition to our core faculty. It also emphasizes peer-to-peer learning and offers multiple spaces for discussion and exchange between participants and alumni.

 

Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou

Yam Pukri | dpp.ouagadougou@gmail.com | Sylvestre Ouedraogo & Leticia Son

CORE FACULTY

  • Dominique Rossier - Coordinatrice académique régionale pour l’Afrique francophone

  • Sylvestre Ouedraogo - Directeur de Yam Pukri, Chercheur à l’Université de Ouagadougou

  • Christophe Gironde - Chargé d'enseignement et de recherche en études du développement (IHEID)

  • Jean-Michel Servet - Professeur honoraire en études du développement (IHEID)

  • Mahaman Tidjani Alou - Professeur agrégé de science politique à l’Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey

  • Younoussa Touré - Anthropologue, Directeur de recherche à l’Université de Bamako

  • Armand Kabore - Secrétaire général permanent du Laboratoir Citoyennetés

STAFF

  • Leticia Son - Chargée de programme, Yam Pukri

  • Amélie Zio - Coordinatrice de Yam Pukri

 

Ghana, Accra

University of Ghana Business School | geenchill@ug.edu.gh | Gifty Enchill

CORE FACULTY

  • Matteo Guidotti - Regional Academic Coordinator for English-speaking Africa

  • Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai - Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration (UGBS), and Honorary Research Fellow at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester (UK)

  • Mohammed-Anwar Sadat Adam - Development Practitioner, Consultant and Researcher

  • Oliver Jütersonke - Head of Research at the Centre on Conflict, Development &  Peacebuilding (IHEID)

  • Akosua Keseboa Darkwah - Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology of the University of Ghana

  • Lord Mawuko-Yevugah - Senior Lecturer/Coordinator, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration

  • Ebo Turkson - Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics, University of Ghana

STAFF

  • Mario Nartey - Programme Administrator, UGBS

  • Gifty Enchill - Business Development Manager, UGBS

 

Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek

American University of Central Asia | kim_el@auca.kg | Elena Kim

CORE FACULTY

  • Assel Tutumlu - Regional Academic Coordinator for Central Asia & Caucasus

  • Elena Kim - Associate Professor, Social Sciences Division & Head, Department of Psychology (AUCA)

  • Alexandre Dormeier Freire - Programme Director

  • Oliver Jütersonke - Head of Research at the Centre on Conflict, Development & Peacebuilding (IHEID)

  • Nidal Salim - Founder and Director General, Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWEH)

  • Medet Tiulegenov - Assistant Professor, International and Comparative Politics Department (AUCA)

  • Nurgul Ukueva - Vice President for Academic Affairs at AUCA

STAFF

  • Kurmanzhan Asylbekova - Assistant at Social Sciences Division, AUCA

 

PerU, Lima

Centro de Estudios y Promoción del Desarrollo | liliana@desco.org.pe | Liliana Zamalloa

CORE FACULTY

  • Liliana Soler - Coordinadora académica regional para América latina

  • Molvina Zeballos Manzur - Socióloga y presidente de desco

  • Daniele Fino - Consultor y ex director del programa

  • Graziella Moraes Silva - Profesor asistente en antropología y sociología (IHEID)

  • Fanni Muñoz Cabrejo - Directora, Maestría en Estudios de Género, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP)

  • Félix Reátegui Carrillo - Asesor del Instituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos, PUCP

  • Dario Restrepo - Profesor en la facultad de Ciencias Económicas de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia

  • Cécile Blouin - Especialista en movilidad humana, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP)

  • Eduardo Toche Medrano - Historiador e investigador, desco

STAFF

  • Liliana Zamalloa Jordán - Coordinadora del DPP, desco

 

qatar, doha

Hamad Bin Khalifa University | etok@hbku.edu.qa | Evren Tok

CORE FACULTY

  • Alaa Tartir - Regional Academic Coordinator for Middle-East & North Africa

  • Evren Tok - Assistant Dean for Innovation and Community Development and Associate Professor, College of Islamic Studies, HBKU

  • Alexandre Dormeier Freire - Programme Director

  • Logan Cochrane - Associate Professor, HBKU

  • Abdulfatah Said Mohamed - Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

  • Louay Safi - Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU)

  • Elena Kim - American University of Central Asia (AUCA)

  • Claudia Seymour - Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), Graduate Institute (IHEID), Geneva

  • Mustafa Osman - Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) & Former Representative of Sudan to the UN & WHO

  • Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou - Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU)

  • Dalal Aassouli - Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU)

  • Ahmed Aref - Doha International Family Institute (DIFI)

STAFF

  • Bayan Khaled - Research Fellow, HBKU

  • Alina Zaman - Research Assistant, HBKU

 

Switzerland, Geneva

Executive Education, Graduate Institute | dpp@graduateinstitute.ch | Bruno Medroa

CORE FACULTY

  • Alexandre Dormeier Freire - Programme Director

  • Matteo Guidotti - Regional Academic Coordinator for English-speaking Africa

  • Phan Nguyen - Regional Academic Coordinator for Southeast Asia

  • Dominique Rossier - Regional Academic Coordinator for French-speaking Africa

  • Assel Tutumlu - Regional Academic Coordinator for Central Asia & Caucasus

  • Liliana Soler - Regional Academic Coordinator for Latin America

  • Alaa Tartir - Regional Academic Coordinator for Middle East & North Africa

  • Cédric Dupont - Professor in International Relations / Political Science

  • Daniele Fino - Consultant and ex director of the DPP programme

STAFF

  • Bruno Medroa - Programme Manager

  • Stéphanie Roy Michael - Promotion & Community Officer

  • Claire Francioli - Programme Assistant

 

thailand, bangkok

Asian Institute of Technology | pthuy@aitcv.ac.vn | Pham Thi Thanh Thuy

CORE FACULTY

  • Phan Nguyen - Regional Academic Coordinator for Southeast Asia

  • Faiz Shah - Director of Yunus Center, AIT

  • Alexandre Dormeier Freire - Programme Director

  • Oliver Jütersonke - Head of Research at the Centre on Conflict, Development &  Peacebuilding (IHEID)

  • Caroline Brassard - Adjunct Faculty, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

  • Cécile Molinier - Former Senior UN Official

STAFF

  • Pham Thi Thanh Thuy - Chief Representative of AITCV Office in South Vietnam

 

Calendar

Module 1: between June and Oct. 2023
Module 2: between June and Dec. 2023 - Diploma only
Module 3: Jan. to Feb. 2024 - Diploma only
(exact dates TBC)

Applications open until 15 March 2023!

 

Fees

Fees
Certificate: CHF 8'500
Diploma: CHF 3'500 to 25'000
(according to country of origin)

Fees include logistics, except for travel to Module 1

 

Discounts

Discounts
Scholarships, Alumni or Chèque de formation
Contact us

 

Location

Module 1: in Accra, Bangkok, Bishkek, Doha, Lima or Ouagadougou & online
Module 2: at place of work with e-learning
Module 3: in Geneva

 

Location

Languages
English, French or Spanish
 

Our open enrolment programmes can be adapted to fit the needs of your organisation.

Customise the programme

Our community

 

Join an impressive and diverse community of 19'000+ Graduate Institute alumni, 110 nationalities for Executive Education alumni alone, and 900+ DPP alumni in about 70 countries, coming from all sectors and backgrounds.

Alumni regional chapters

DPP community of practice

Orkhan Ali

 

ORKHAN ALI '20

WASH Team Leader, Oxfam International in Tajikistan

"The DPP programme was very challenging and engaged all of us deeply in the course. The teaching staff and students shared particularly interesting viewpoints from their experiences in development, humanitarian, public and private sectors. I loved the cohort model and it greatly enhanced my life, from friendship to the professional connections from around the world."

Vankham Bounvilay

 

vankham bounvilay '20

Development Coordination Officer, United Nations in Lao PDR

"The DPP is one of the most wonderful academic experiences of mine. The programme not only brought me in-depth knowledge and viable strategies on the development sector, but also bridged me to distinguished professors and experts, and a solid network of colleagues and friends from across the world. 

The DPP has further consolidated my commitment and nurtured my professional passion to bring a better life to the Lao people."

Mohamed Ekbal Anak

 

mohamed ekbal anak '21

Senior Protection Assistant, UNHCR Syria

"My Office is working on a comprehensive analysis for which the results of my professional thesis 'Securing Housing, Land and Property Rights for Syrian Displaced Women:; Realities and Perspectives' will be useful and will feed into the overall report."

Immy Mulekatete

 

immy mulekatete '20

Head of Information & Communication, Never Again Rwanda

"The DPP was one of the most rewarding and profitable things I have ever done. The professors, fellow participants and coordinators were amazing, always approachable, helpful, interesting and motivating. I felt like the DPP team was fully involved in my success, which gave me a positive push to get the best out of the programme.

Six months after the graduation, I can attest to the fact that my look at development and the work I do has changed and the knowledge gained will help me to influence some aspects in my organisation. I feel empowered - because I know more."

Outcomes 2012 - 2019


Survey conducted 6-9 months after graduation with graduates and employers:

  • 73% - promoted (57% women)

  • 28% - salary increase (58% women)

  • 66% - better performance (enhanced skills) (56% women)

  • 85% - employers used thesis results
     

 

Dissemination of professional theses


The DPP programme seeks to contribute to the dissemination and the promotion of the professional theses among actors involved in development and international cooperation. These theses are listed by country and by topic.

If you want to receive one or the other of these theses, please contact Stéphanie Roy Michael.

Development Policies and Practices

Professional Theses - by Country

Development Policies and Practices

Professional Theses - by Topic

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Asian Institute of Technology

 

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in collaboration with the
University of Central Asia

With the support from

 

Logo DDC

 

Logo Canton

 

Logo QFFD

COVID-19


To ensure a high level of safety while maintaining the highest academic standards, the format of our programmes might be adjusted. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our programme manager for more information.

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