Development Policies and Practices

Rethink development policies and translate them into effective practices

Explore some of the most pressing regional and global development challenges. Sharpen your professional skills and engage with a vibrant community of faculty, peers and alumni from four continents. Experience a unique course outline with study options in three languages & different learning contexts (regional, individual, international)!

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

objectives

  • Immerse yourself in Africa, Asia, Latin America or Middle East, 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

  • Engage with faculty and peers from all over the world and join a vibrant community of 920 alumni

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

 

Who is this programme for?


This programme is particularly relevant for mid to senior level working professionals, holding or aspiring to leadership positions in governments, international organisations and NGOs, as well as those in private sector seeking relevant skills and exposure.

Calendar

Module 1: Between Aug. and Dec. 2022 (dates TBC)
Module 2: Between Aug. and Dec. 2022 (dates TBC) - Executive Master only
Module 3: in 2023 (dates TBC) - Executive Master only
 

Rolling admission until filled for the Executive Certificate
Application deadline of 15 March 2022 for the Executive Master

 

Fees

Fees
Executive Certificate: CHF 8'500
Executive Master: 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: Online and in Accra, Bangkok, Bishkek, Doha, Lima or Ouagadougou
Module 2: Place of work & online
Module 3: 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

In one of our regional hubs: Accra, Bangkok, Bishkek, Doha, Lima or Ouagadougou - Certificate & Master

2 weeks online and 3 weeks face-to-face

  • Analyse region-specific issues and understand interactions between policies, practices and actors

  • Acquire methodological skills to carry out a research

  • Rethink projects with strategic management tools

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

 

Module 2

At your place of work & online - Master

4 months part-time

  • Gather information (data collection, interviews, observations)

  • Write your professional thesis (topic relevant to your work and your organisation’s needs)

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

 

Module 3

In International Geneva - Master

2.5 weeks face-to-face

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

  • Present your professional thesis findings in public

  • Participate in work sessions with public administrations, international and non-governmental organisations

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

 

Class Experience
 

  • 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 4 continents

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

Calendar

Module 1: Between Aug. and Dec. 2022 (dates TBC)
Module 2: Between Aug. and Dec. 2022 (dates TBC) - Executive Master only
Module 3: in 2023 (dates TBC) - Executive Master only
 

Rolling admission until filled for the Executive Certificate
Application deadline of 15 March 2022 for the Executive Master

 

Fees

Fees
Executive Certificate: CHF 8'500
Executive Master: 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: Online and in Accra, Bangkok, Bishkek, Doha, Lima or Ouagadougou
Module 2: Place of work & online
Module 3: 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


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.

Priority countries

If you are coming from a priority country, your financial contribution will be limited to CHF 3'500.

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.

 

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 - Master only

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

 

degrees awarded


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

This programme counts towards the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in International Strategy and Leadership

IMPORTANT: Please, note that CAS and DAS degrees cannot be counted as academic degree requirements needed for PhD applications.

 

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 - Master only - Download letter outline

 

Alumni benefits
 

Upon successful completion of the degree (Executive Certificate or Executive Master), 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 Aug. and Dec. 2022 (dates TBC)
Module 2: Between Aug. and Dec. 2022 (dates TBC) - Executive Master only
Module 3: in 2023 (dates TBC) - Executive Master only
 

Rolling admission until filled for the Executive Certificate
Application deadline of 15 March 2022 for the Executive Master

 

Fees

Fees
Executive Certificate: CHF 8'500
Executive Master: 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: Online and in Accra, Bangkok, Bishkek, Doha, Lima or Ouagadougou
Module 2: Place of work & online
Module 3: Geneva

 

Location

Languages
English, French or Spanish
 

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

Customise the programme

Learn from renowned professionals, professors, and experts from four continents. A close collaboration between the Graduate Institute and its partners provides the participants with the best expertise possible from regional universities, bilateral agencies, NGO's, public administrations and international organisations. The curriculum also emphasises on peer learning and offers multiple spaces of discussions and exchanges among participants and alumni.

 

Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou

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

  • 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

  • Amélie Zio - Coordinatrice de Yam Pukri

  • Leticia Son - Chargée de suivi-évaluation des projets de Yam Pukri

  • Daouda Diakité - Promoteur et président de TechnoLAB-ISTA

  • Sékou Dairou Ballo - Directeur des études de TechnoLAB-ISTA

 

Ghana, Accra

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • Mario Nartey - Programme Administrator, UGBS

  • Gifty Enchill - Business Development Manager, UGBS

 

Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek

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

  • 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

  • Kurmanzhan Asylbekova - Assistant at Social Sciences Division, AUCA

 

Perú, Lima

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

  • 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

  • Eduardo Toche Medrano - Historiador e investigador, desco

  • Liliana Zamalloa Jordán - Coordinadora del DPP, desco

  • Elizabeth Salmón - Directora del Instituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos, PUCP

 

qatar, doha

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

  • 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

  • Bilal Alhabian - Senior Manager - Strategy, Education Above All Foundation

  • 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)

 

Switzerland, Geneva

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

  • Alexandre Dormeier Freire - Programme Director

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

  • Phan Nguyen - Regiional 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, President of Executive Education

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

  • Sophie Huber Kodbaye - Director of the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education, University of Geneva

  • Yves Lagier - Managing Director at InterCultural Consulting, Geneva

  • Lucette Quarteron - Executive coach and trainer on Leadership and Communication

  • Véronique Schoeffel - Expert in the field of intercultural communication

  • Alain Sigg - Consultant

  • Claudy Vouhé - Co-founder and Policy Officer at ‘L’Etre Egale’

  • Bruno Medroa - Programme Manager

  • Stéphanie Roy Michael - Promotion & Alumni Officer

  • Claire Francioli - Programme Assistant

 

thailand, bangkok

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

  • Phan Nguyen - Regional Academic Coordinator for Southeast Asia

  • Faiz Shah - Director of Yunus Center, AIT

  • Alexandre Dormeier Freire - Programme Director

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

  • Cécile Molinier - Former Senior UN Official

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

Calendar

Module 1: Between Aug. and Dec. 2022 (dates TBC)
Module 2: Between Aug. and Dec. 2022 (dates TBC) - Executive Master only
Module 3: in 2023 (dates TBC) - Executive Master only
 

Rolling admission until filled for the Executive Certificate
Application deadline of 15 March 2022 for the Executive Master

 

Fees

Fees
Executive Certificate: CHF 8'500
Executive Master: 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: Online and in Accra, Bangkok, Bishkek, Doha, Lima or Ouagadougou
Module 2: Place of work & online
Module 3: 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 more than 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."

Samuel Frimpong

 

samuel gameli kwadwo frimpong '20

Technical Economic Advisor, Office of the President of Ghana

"The DPP broadened my knowledge on a wide range of today's world issues, including Sustainable Development, Gender, Foresight, Negotiation and Mediation. Exchanges of ideas among colleagues who came from different professional backgrounds were an excellent experience that will help me improve my work as a Technical Economic Advisor to the Vice President of Ghana.

My professional thesis enabled me to come up with strategies to mobilize the property tax, a major challenge in Ghana. The DPP was one of my most amazing educational experience."

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."

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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