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Development Evaluation and Management (MA)

Training InstitutionInstitute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp
Type of degreePost-graduate degrees / Master
Type of programmepostgraduate taught programme
Type of diplomaMaster
Type of recognitionNVAO accredited
Accredited by IAC EADINo
Type of learningon-campus learning
Location of studyIOB, City Campus, University of Antwerp, Lange St Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerp
Deadline for registrationApplicants applying for the VLIR-UOS scholarship should submit their application before 1 February 2014. Applicants who are not applying for the above scholarship and who are required to apply for a student visa to Belgium may apply until 1 April 2014. Applicants who are not applying for the above scholarships and who are exempted from applying for a student visa to Belgium may apply until 7 September 2014.
Start and finish dateSeptember - September the following year
Short descriptionProgramme 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 Masterís 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 Ė be they governments, community-based organisations, international NGOs, bilateral or multilateral donors Ė 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 Masterís 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 Masterís 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 appreciate the importance of different institutional arenas, and how they work and interact. They will be familiarised with multidisciplinary analytical tools that will improve their capacity to analyse the interactions and contribute to an enhanced conceptualisation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development policies and programmes.
The Masterís programme offers two tracks with specific ob-jectives and course packages that are intended for different audiences. The first track is primarily macro focused, while the second focuses mainly on the micro level.
Website of programme
FeesThere are 3 distinct categories of students that pay a different registration fee:

Category 1: 80Ä:
Self-sponsoring students from Least Developed Countries, Low Income and Lower Middle Income Countries ( DAC list of ODA recipients ) living in their country of origin at the moment of application VLIR-UOS and BTC scholars

Category 2: 1000Ä
Self-sponsoring students from Least Developed Countries, Low Income and Lower Middle Income Countries ( DAC list of ODA recipients ) who live in an Upper Middle Income or High Income country ( DAC list of ODA recipients ) at the moment of application
Self-sponsoring students from Upper Middle Income Countries and High Income Countries ( DAC list of ODA recipients )
Erasmus Mundus Scholars also pay a reduced fee of 1000 Ä.

Category 3: 5000Ä
Scholarship students other than BTC or VLIR-UOS. These students can obtain a reduction if an agreement between the scholarship granting institution and IOB exists.
Credit Structure (ECTS)Programme structure: Module I General Courses (i) Theories of Development (8 credits), (ii) Research Methods I - compulsory (4 credits), (iii) Research Methods II - options (6 credits). Total module I: 12 weeks, October thru January. Module II and III Research-driven teaching by Theme groups (12 credits each module). Total module II: 8 weeks, February thru March. Total module III: 8 weeks, April thru May. Module IV Dissertation (18 credits), 15 weeks, June thru September. For more specific details on modules II and III: see MA programme brochure available from IOB's website.
Number of students on the courseA limited number of candidates will be selected
Admission requirementsApplicants must hold a university degree of at least four years of study in Social Sciences (Economics, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, or related disciplines), preferably at Master level, with good study results. Applicants with only a Bachelorís degree of three years of study will not be admitted to the Master programmes. Applicants with a Bachelorís degree of four years of study can be admitted. However, applicants with a Master degree will be given priority. Applicants who obtained their University degree under the European Bologna system, must hold a Masterís degree. In addition, applicants must demonstrate a serious interest in development studies. Relevant professional experience is alos considered an advantage.

Applicants must be proficient in English. Applicants who received their university education in English must provide an official certificate stating that the language of instruction was English. Applicants whose university studies were not completed in English must submit one of the following test results: (i) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum score of 550 for paper-based test, or 213 for computer-based test, or 79-80 for internet-based test. Information about this test is available at (ii) IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 for each part. Information about this test is available at Students from other linguistic backgrounds may apply, provided they can provide proof of the following scores: TOEFL paper-based 500, or TOEFL computer-based 173, or TOEFL internet-based 59-60 or IELTS 5.0. These students are required to participate in a two-month intensive language course, offered free of charge by the Institute. Applicants must preferably submit proof of institutional back-up.

Most appropriate professional experience: evaluation and management of development policies, programmes and projects. experience gained in positions of responsibility within NGOs, aid agencies, government departments, universities and research institutes.
Contact personGreet Annaert
Phone+32-3-275 5770 or +32-3-275 5942
Fax+32-3-275 5771
KeywordsAid effectiveness, Aid evaluation, Aid management, Aid policy, Bilateral aid, Capacity building, Civil society, Conditionality, Consulting, Debt, Development education, Development policy, Development theory, Economic development, Emergency aid, Food aid, Food security, Gender, Humanitarian aid, Institutional development, Knowledge, Local government, Management, Microcredit, Monitoring/evaluation, Multilateral aid, Policy debate, Policy making, Political development, Politics, Public administration, Research, Sectoral approaches, Social development, Social justice, Structural adjustment, Subsidiarity, Sustainable development, Tied aid, Training, Women
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