The Centre for Finance and Development helps to build a new generation of professionals able to navigate between private and public development finance by providing expertise and support to students and researchers specialising in finance and development.

In this vein, the Centre offers various MA and PhD courses and supports MA students in their Capstone Projects.

The Centre is also a partner in the Executive Education Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) on SDG Investing, offered to the public and private sectors.

You can find more information on our course offer below.


Executive Certificate in SDG Investing

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS, 15 ECTS)

Created in 2018 in partnership with the Fondation Pictet pour le Développement, Sustainable Finance Geneva and the Graduate Institute, the Certificate focuses on how to bring more finance to SDG driven investments and projects, and how to bring more SDG framework to more traditional projects, companies, investments and portfolios.

Upcoming Course Dates: 13 - 22 Sep. 2021 (Module 1) and 10 - 19 Nov. 2021 (Module 2)

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions

The Certificate also counts towards the  Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in International Strategy and Leadership

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Master and PhD Courses on Finance and Development

The Centre for Finance and Development's faculty teaches numerous courses on finance and development topics in the academic year 2021-2022. Several of these courses are part of the new specialized track in Sustainable Finance and Development inside the Master in International Economics.


Sustainable Finance and Development

Development Economics


Master and PhD Course on Economic Policy in Developing and Emerging Countries: A Practitioners' View (EI047)

The course is taught by a group of Graduate Institute alumni with at least ten years of professional experience, working in national governments or international organizations such as the IMF or the World Bank, combining a sound academic background with hands-on expertise.

The course focuses on current policy issues for developing countries and emerging markets, and covers monetary, fiscal and external policies.

Case studies, which are drawn from recent country experiences, cover the challenges for policy makers of aid, private capital flows, debt management, and the rise of global value chains, topics in public finance including natural resources management and fuel subsidy reform, emerging monetary policy issues and external sector assessments in developing countries and emerging markets.

The course is open to Master and PhD students in International and Development Economics, and to PhD students from other departments with a Minor in International and Development Economics. It is offered every two years and was last offered in spring 2021.

Master Capstone Projects

Capstone Projects are applied research seminars that form an integral part of the Master in International Affairs and the Master in Development studies, and carry 9 ECTS credits.

Capstone Projects are a unique pedagogical experience where small groups of graduate students work with partners from International Geneva (e.g. UNCTAD, WEF) to conduct research projects that respond to today’s global challenges.

The Centre for Finance and Development provides academic support to students conducting research on finance and development-related topics.

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