Master; Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp (IOB) The future of sustainable development is critically related to the promotion of better governance at the local, national, regional and international level. At once a cause and a consequence of governance failures, violent conflict is incompatible with sustainable development. Central in this nexus between development, governance and conflict are processes of state formation, state failure and state re-construction. The study programme analyses governance problems and possible responses with due account of specific historical pathways of countries and the interaction between the national state level, local society level dynamics and the impact of global developments.
Most of our students are engaged in development, profes-sionally and/or as researchers. The objective of the Master’s programme is to provide them with multidisciplinary theo-retical insights and practical tools that will improve their capacity to analyse governance challenges at different levels and how they relate to processes of violent conflict and development. Graduates will understand and be able to analyse, from the local to the global level, the governance problems confronting developing countries today. Theoretical insights, policy strategies and best practices as well as failures are explored in order that graduates could apply this knowledge in their future professional environments.
The Master’s programme in Governance and Development offers two tracks with specific objectives, courses and tar-get audiences. The first track explores governance and development issues against the background of violent con-flict and the challenge of post-conflict state reconstruction. The second track addresses governance and development challenges from the particular perspective of local institutions and poverty reduction.
General objectives To develop a critical view of the opportunities and constraints that globalis