Rural Development, Communication and Innovation

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Communication specialists as catalysts for development

Rural development organisations often organize and implement processes of rural extension, innovation, and social change. Such rural communication services need professionals who have knowledge about governance, facilitation, public participation and innovative praxis. Specialists in Rural Development, Communication and Innovation are greatly needed in organizations and projects around the world, especially those dealing with capacity building, training, information and e-learning and when addressing rural poverty, social equity, sustainability, resource scarcity and food security.

Well-educated professionals and well-trained staff are essential in keeping pace with developments – especially those regarding communication and innovation systems – and ensuring organisations are properly equipped to work in a range of complex multi-actor settings. In this world of digital technologies and new communication arrangements, experienced professionals need to actively engage in life-long learning in order to acquire an updated set of competences.

Specialising in Rural Development, Communication and Innovation

The Rural Development, Communication and Innovation specialisation is primarily designed for mid-career professionals, focused on communication and training in agricultural and rural development organisations, who have the ambition to adapt their projects and processes to social, political, economic or environmental challenges. It is also of particular interest to consultants who facilitate multi-stakeholder practices or design and implement innovative learning trajectories and trainings.

Students will learn to analyse stakeholders’ interests and needs, to outline interventions and study strategies that facilitate communication, innovation and knowledge sharing. They will also acquire competences to design and facilitate effective and interesting learning environments. These subjects are taught by means of interactive lectures and experiential learning activities, in an exciting international and intercultural group.

The 9-month taught programme is followed by a 3-month period to conduct research and write a thesis. Recent thesis topics include:

  • Communication Between Researchers, Knowledge Brokers and Farmers
  • Transformative Learning in the Context of Farmer Fields School
  • Local Broadcasting and Integrated Seed Sector Development
  • ICT Options for Communication Interventions for Climate Change Adaptation
  • Media Design in Film Based Learning in Cocoa Value Chains
  • Advisory Service Quality of Agro-input Vendors to Farmers
  • Rural Extension Workers Matching Knowledge Demands in Small-Scale Fisheries
  • Organising Public Participation in Decentralised Rural Development Programs
  • Innovation Perspectives on Upscaling Privatised Advisory Services to Soil Testing

If you are ready to contribute to social change, learning and transformation, then join the Rural Development, Communication and Innovation specialisation of the Master Management of Development.

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