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Master in Management of Development

Course Description

The Programme provides participants with the knowledge and skills for effective participation in the management of development projects. It explores the evolution of development theories and how successful national development needs to be founded on the integration of sound socio-economic analysis with an enabling legal environment. The contents are multi-disciplinary, ranging from exploration of key topics in development economics, to the rule-of-law and the foundation pillars for the creation and effective operation of development institutions. In addition, the Programme imparts a full spectrum of competencies needed for project cycle management (PCM).



A self-learning tutor-assisted period of 12 weeks’ duration designed to introduce the participants to the pre-requisite entry level knowledge in the disciplines of Part II, namely economics, institutional design, sociology, law and project management. The training materials will include selected chapters from key textbooks in addition to a number of articles from well-known journals. The learning content will be posted on the programme’s website while the participants will be provided with at least one prescribed textbook. Two weeks subsequent to arrival in Turin the participants will sit for two written examination covering the topics of Part I.


Module I: Introduction to developmentactors and institutions
• Introduction to development aid, international donor institutions – UN system, IMF and World Bank
• Project cycle management: logical framework approach, operational planning, budget, monitoring and evaluation

Module II: Economics of Development

• Economic development theories
• The global economic crisis
• Strategies of economic development: selected countries
• The role of FDI in development
• Environmental economics
• Inequality and poverty
• Cost and benefi t of migration in sending and destination countries

Module III: Legal concepts in development

• Enabling legal frameworks for effective and sustainable development
• The role and function of key actors in development, inter alia, multilateral and bilateral development agencies and NGOs.
• Human Rights based approach to development programming
• Labour Standards with emphasis on gender and prevention of child labour

Module IV: Institutional development and social analysis

• Factors infl uencing “institutional effi ciency “
• Political regimes and instruments of participation
• Development, politics and culture: perspectives from political science
• Family, gender and participation (special reference to problems of health and education)
• NGOs management

This face-to-face part is the core learning component of the Master. The participants will be asked to sit for three written exams in order to assess their learning achievement in the subject matter of Part II.

PART III - INDEPENDENT WORK- thesis preparation

This part is dedicated to individual or group formulation of a full-fledged project document in response to a perceived “development need” in a sector and country related to the participants’ work or field of interest.

Deadline for Application: 26 September 2015

Visit the Master in Management of Development page on the Turin School of Development website for more details!

(Student Profile)


Participating in the Master’s Degree in Management of Development 2001/2002 was for me really a great experience: excellent teaching methods, relevant training materials, highly competent and friendly professors, a beautiful international class . The experience surely helped me in my job duties. I have advanced in my career to become the coordinator of the Consortium of 21 development-oriented NGOs based in the Piedmont Region.

(Student Profile)


The Management of Development Master’s has transformed my career, allowing me to move from a national general support staff category to a full-fledged international professional at the UNDP within the course of one year. The Master’s offered me a rich learning experience about development, how it is managed as well as a wealth of good practices and real life examples that I gained from the ample diversity of tutors and professors we had in MANDEV 2004.”


Scholarships - 20+ Awards

A number of sponsors have earmarked a limited amount of financial assistance to facilitate the participation of deserving candidates who are unable to meet the full tuition plus accommodation costs.Unfortunately there are no full scholarships on offer for any of the master programmes. You are therefore expected to finance your participation as far as possible. The admission criteria take into consideration your self-financing potential as well as your education and professional profile. In your application form, you are kindly requested to indicate the portion of the tuition fee and full board that you are able to finance.

Value of Scholarship(s)



A pool of donors awards partial scholarships to selected candidates from developing countries, to cover part of the cost of their enrolment for a Turin School of Developemnt course

Application Procedure

Participants who have financial constraints in covering the full participation cost are requested to indicate in the application form, the amount they are able to pay from own resources and submit a written request for the scholarship.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a first level university degree (BA) and be fluent in the english language (you may be required to provide evidence of English language ability).

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