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Master in

Management of Development
Background in the results-based framework of national
development and in designing effective
The International Training Centre of the ILO development projects and programmes.
(the Centre) under the auspices of its Turin
School of Development and in partnership At the end of the programme the participants
with the University of Turin offers this Master will be able to:
in Management of Development. The Master
is an intensive blended learning programme • Demonstrate an interdisciplinary
with a succession of three phases: internet- understanding of the context and
based distance learning, interactive classroom processes of development work;
attendance, and practical research work. This • Apply acquired technical and interpersonal
Masters programme, conducted in English, is competencies in order to enhance
in its 17th edition and has been successfully the economic and social benefits of
pursued by approximately 520 participants development projects and programmes;
from more than 80 countries worldwide. • Conceptualize and formulate a full-
scale project proposal for a development
The contents and the learning delivery methods
The programme offers an applied learning are designed to provide the participants with
opportunity to explore the theoretical, the full spectrum of competencies needed in
conceptual and operational frameworks for order to effectively deal with the challenges
management of development from a multi- faced by development professionals today in
disciplinary perspective, i.e. integrating their pursuit of social and economic progress
socio-economic policies with in-depth while preserving the living environment for
understanding of the legal, institutional, local future generations.
and managerial contexts for effective planning
and implementation of national development
programmes and projects. Faculty and tutors
The Master addresses a number of critical The core faculty of the programme are:
questions confronting development
practitioners and planners like: • Senior Professors from the University of
Turin and other renowned universities
• What are the defining characteristics of worldwide;
sustainable development? • Development specialists from the Centre
• How to plan and manage project and other UN system organizations;
interventions to achieve development • Leading development cooperation
objectives? practitioners.
• What is results-based management and how
is it applied in the development context? The combination of academic resource persons
• What are the opportunities and challenges and development practitioners is a distinctive
of globalization, and what are the local feature of this programme which enables a
impacts of globalized forces? smooth integration of theory with practice.
• What policies and strategies may
contribute to sustainable transformations The Centre contributes to the learning
in terms of cultural, political, social, programme with its wide expertise and
economic and environmental changes? proven track record in the area of training
for development. In addition the Centre has
The programme’s objective is to provide developed a variety of learning techniques that
personnel working in the field of sustainable facilitate prompt absorption of lessons and
development with the analytical and encourage experience and knowledge sharing
operational competencies that are in adult education. Participants will benefit
indispensable for effective participation from the close support and involvement of four
specialised tutors who will assist and advise PART II - FACE-TO-FACE LEARNING
them throughout the learning period.
• Introduction to Sustainable Development
Methodology • Overview of the “development sphere”
• Important actors: UN system, World Bank,
The programme presents a number of unique IMF, NGOs, private sector, philanthropic
features: foundations, etc.
Module I: Enabling legal context for
• Integration of theory and practice;
• In-depth coverage of the full spectrum development
of competencies for project cycle • Enabling legal framework for effective and
management as practiced in major sustainable development
development institutions; and • The role and function of key actors in
• An interdisciplinary approach that development, inter alia, multilateral and
emphasizes the strong relationship between bilateral development agencies and NGOs
law, economic development, and social • Human rights-based approach to
progress as well as the local aspects thereof. development programming
• Labour standards with emphasis on
The programme is composed of three parts gender and prevention of child labour
and is designed in such a way to minimize
participants’ absence from work duties back Module II: Economics of Development
home (only 18 weeks in Turin). • Economic development theories
• Economic policy in practice
Online and classroom interaction and team • Strategies of economic development
work are emphasized in order to prepare the • International economics and development
participants for effective engagement in the • Environmental economics
participatory approaches of development work. • Inequality and poverty
• Cost and benefit of migration in sending
and destination countries
Curriculum of the Module III: Local Development
Master • Geography, development and cooperation:
PART I - DISTANCE LEARNING scale, places, regions
• A territorial approach to development
A self-learning tutor-assisted period of • Local development practices and policies
12 weeks duration designed to introduce the • Inclusion, participation, conflicts, local
participants to the pre-requisite entry level knowledge
knowledge in the disciplines of Part II, namely • Global and local dialectic in sustainability
law, economics, institutional development and challenges
social analysis, local development, and project
management. Module IV: Institutional development and
social analysis
The training materials include selected • Factors influencing “institutional
chapters from key textbooks in addition to a efficiency”
number of articles from well-known journals. • Political regimes and instruments of
All the materials will be posted on the participation
programme’s online learning platform including • Development, politics and culture:
a forum to interact with fellow participants perspectives from political science
and tutors. There will be weekly updates and • Family, gender and participation (special
regular assignments and assessments to ensure reference to problems of health and
an effective learning period. education)
Module V: Programme and project cycle
management The programme’s duration is divided as follows:
• Distance learning module: from
• Logical framework approach 15 October, 2018 to January 19, 2019
• Operational planning and budgeting (considering holidays from December 23 to
• Monitoring and evaluation January 7) 12 weeks
• Risk management • Face-to-face phase: from
January 21, 2019 to May 31, 2019
The participants will be asked to sit written • Preparation and submission of the final
exams in order to assess their learning thesis: the dissertation is to be presented
achievement in the subject matter of Part II. by October 18, 2019.
Participants will also be tasked with selecting,
formulating, and presenting a project idea and Class attendance is compulsory. Participants
a respective document – to be further improved who pass the prescribed examinations will
and delivered in the final stage. be awarded with a Masters degree from the
University of Turin.

This part is dedicated to formulation of a The Master Management of Development

full-fledged project document in response to is delivered as a First Level Master by the
a perceived “development need” in a sector Department of “Culture, Politics and Society”
and country related to the participants’ work or of the University of Torino, according to the
field of interest. The quality of preparation and so-called Bologna Process, which created the
presentation of the project document serves as European Higher Education Area (EHEA) by
an indication of the participants’ understanding making academic degree standards and quality
of the main disciplines of development work. assurance standards more comparable and
compatible throughout Europe. Therefore, the
The project document or development proposal Master programme carries 60 ECTS (European
will be assessed for quality and consistency by Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)
a panel of experts from the University of Turin, credits, equivalent to the workload of the full-
the Centre and selected external experts, and is time student during one academic year.
a prerequisite for graduation.
The Master’s degree is awarded upon
successful passing of all the exams, thesis
submission and after having fulfilled all the
conditions required.
Participants’ profile
IMPORTANT: A First Level Master does not
The programme is intended for professionals give access to PhD programmes in Italy.
from public and private institutions and Admission requirements to PhD programmes
NGOs working in the area of development or vary from country to country, as these depend
graduates aspiring to work in this area. on the university system of the country
where the PhD programme is held. For more
information on the minimum requirements,
Language, duration please directly contact the university offering
and venue the PhD programme you are interested in.

Language Venue
The face-to-face phase of the programme will
The Masters programme is entirely delivered in be held at the campus of the Centre in Turin,
English. Knowledge of the English language is Italy. The campus and its facilities provide
a prerequisite. an ideal environment for living and studying,
sharing experiences, learning from one The cost of accommodation (bed and breakfast)
another, and creating networks. at the Centre’s campus during the 18 weeks
residential face-to-face part of the programme
is Euro 5,550. Meals are excluded and must be
paid directly by participants in accordance with
Entry requirements consumption.

Applicants must have successfully completed However, participants may seek off-campus
a first level university degree of at least 3 accommodation like in university residences
years’ duration, either in law, economics, which may be less costly. The Programme
political sciences, engineering, agriculture, Secretariat will provide interested participants
languages, literature, business administration with telephone and e-mail contacts of such
or equivalent. residences.

The validity of non-Italian degrees must be For information regarding payment,

recognized under Italian law and regulations. cancellation and refunds please consult
Candidates are requested to verify that the
University they attended is an academic Applicants interested in participating in
institution recognized by the Italian this Masters programme should submit the
Embassy. In case of successful selection, application form available on the Masters
the Declaration of Value of the university website (, along with
bachelor is required. the requested documents, no later than
September 17, 2018.
Ideally applicants should have 2-3 years of
work experience in the field of development Early application is encouraged as
cooperation. confirmations are sent out as of early on
during the registration period.

Fees and applications

The tuition fee is Euro 8,500.
The fee includes: A limited number of partial fellowships may
become available from sponsors in order to
• Programme development and facilitate the participation of candidates from
management; developing and transition countries that are
• Teaching equipment, training materials unable to meet the full tuition fees.
and documentation;
• Use of training facilities and support Important: only complete application forms
services. will be considered during the candidate
selection process.
Board, lodging, travel expenses, transports
and personal expenses for the period in Turin
are not included in the cost of participation.
The ILO Turin Centre’s facilities
Located in Turin, the city of the 2006 Winter Olympic It also has:
Games, in an attractive park on the banks of the • a reception desk open 24 hours a day
River Po, the Centre’s campus provides a congenial • a restaurant, a self-service canteen and a coffee
environment in which to live and study. lounge, all catering for international dietary needs
• a bank
It contains 21 pavilions with fully equipped modern • a travel agency
classrooms, conference halls and meeting rooms fitted • a laundry service
out for multilingual simultaneous interpretation, a • a post office
computer laboratory, and a computerized documentation • two gyms
centre linked to various databases. • facilities for outdoor sports (football and tennis)
• a medical service
The campus has 210 single fully serviced study/ Social events are regularly held both on and off campus,
bedrooms, 66 double bedrooms and 12 suites, each so that participants from different cultural backgrounds
with private bathroom, telephone, 24h free internet can make the most of a stimulating international
access and flat screen television. environment.

For further information about the Master and all other communications, please contact the course secretariat:
International Training Centre of the ILO
Turin School of Development
Master in Management of Development
Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10
10127 Turin, Italy
phone: +39 011 6936518 - fax: +39 011 6936369
e-mail: -

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