Master; Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp (IOB) Programme Structure: The three IOB Master programmes each have a similar structure. The first three modules are devoted to seminars and coursework. The first introduces theories of development and teaches research methods and techniques, both general and programme-specific. Modules II and III offer research-driven and highly interactive teaching specific to each of the programmes. After the completion of module II, students can choose between two options for module III. In module IV students undertake a personal project supervised by a research tutor. The resulting dissertation may consist of a study of the relevant literature or may be the result of hands-on experience, or a combination of both. The dissertation is the subject of a public presentation.
Programme content: The Master’s in Development Evaluation and Management focuses on the efforts made by a wide range of public and private actors to promote development in low-income countries. It provides a solid understanding of past and present aid policies of multilateral and bilateral donors, and of the major aid modalities and instruments deployed. The institutional characteristics of the actors involved – be they governments, community-based organisations, international NGOs, bilateral or multilateral donors – are analysed so as to attain a better understanding of processes and outcomes. The theoretical perspective is that development can be understood as a set of interlocking collective action problems, on both the recipient and the donor side. The Master’s programme offers methodological and practical insights into development evaluation, its relevance and challenges. Most of our students are engaged in development, profes-sionally and/or as researchers. The Master’s will improve their capacity to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the pre-vailing aid paradigms and the changing approaches to aid. Students will learn to
Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp (IOB), Belgium