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Diploma in International Development Studies

Africa Training Institute is pleased to announce Diploma in International Development Studies Course. This is both an online and Distance Learning Course, which starts 1st of every month.

Overall Course Overview
If you are preparing to work in the field of international development, you need to acquire the knowledge, skills and contacts to function effectively in what may be unfamiliar or challenging circumstances. This interdisciplinary training course offered by Africa Training Institute places particular focus on socio-economic development issues of concern to the developing African countries such as poverty, conflicts, governance, security ,human rights, climate change and global inequality.

Specific Objectives
This course accords students an opportunity to examine development processes, interventions, theories, policies and government structures in the global arena. It is expected that the student, after having completed the course, will be able to better understand a number of salient issues in
the developing world.

The student is expected to be able to apply concepts learned in class to the analysis of important issues in development studies. 

Course Objectives
- What does "development" mean and does it mean different things to different peoples and cultures?
- How has the historical experience of development? Has this changed over time and why?
- What is this role of the state in development? Has this changed over time and why?
- What role do international development organizations play in development?
- Why are non-governmental organizations (NGOs) increasingly important development actors? What are the limits on the NGO role in development?
- How and why does being a woman change your life-chances and roles in the developing world?
- How and why does being an indigenous person change your life-chances and roles in the developing world?
- Is foreign aid effective?
- What is sustainable development and how can it be achieved?
- Furthermore, it is hoped that the student will reflect on ethical issues behind his or her personal commitment to development studies, and indeed, endeavor of "development" itself. What right do we have to impose development on Third World? Do these "others" even want to be "developed"? Is it even possible to practice development in a way that is respectful of local knowledge, cultures and diverse individual aspirations?
The Following are the Key Thematic Areas Participants Will Cover:
  1. Introduction to International Development Studies

  2. What is Development?

  3. Theories of Development

  4. Gender and Development

  5. The State and Development

  6. Foreign Aid and Millennium Development Goals/ Sustainable Development Goals

  7. Free Trade and Fair Trade

  8. Environment and Development

  9. Sustainable Development

Assignments: There are four assignments (continuous assessment tests), research paper and one examination to be offered at the end of the course. Assignments account for 40%, research paper counts for 30%, while the Final Exam accounts for 30% of the total mark. Upon completion of the course, you shall be issued with a Diploma Certificate and a course transcript.

Examination Certificate and Transcripts will be sent after successful completion of the course. 

Duration and Course Load: 24 weeks (5 to 6 hours per week)

Dates: (Six Months) Course Starts at 1st of Every Month

ParticipantsDevelopment Professionals

Regions: Global

Organizer:  Africa Training Institute

Language: English

Format: Web-based and Distance Learning Facilitated 

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