This Master programme is intended for professionals working within governmental and non-governmental rural development organisations or in the private sector, as project or programme coordinators or managers, or as specialists or consultants.
Enriched with knowledge and empirical evidence from around the world, through diverse student and staff expertise, graduates will have broadened their horizon of solutions to developmental issues. Inspired with innovative ideas on how to address these issues in their home country, they will be able to design and implement projects in an interdisciplinary way. Having expanded their scope of capacities, graduates may play various roles within their organisation, finding themselves as specialists and consultants performing some or all of the following roles: advisor, planner, facilitator, lobbyist, manager, policy maker and researcher. Not only will they ensure contemporary issues are on their employer’s agenda, but that they are also put on the agenda of other stakeholders.
Graduated staff members will have enhanced their capacity as project- and programme coordinator or manager, coordinating work within their department. They will be competent to facilitate processes of change and mainstream national or organisational policies within their organisation’s projects and activities. They may be responsible for establishing and maintaining networks with related organisations and institutions, contributing to or supervising the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluating programmes, as well as capacity building for staff.
Specialists and consultants having completed any of the MOD specialisations will be equipped with expertise relevant to their field, enhancing their capacity for research and an advisory role. Working in interdisciplinary teams, they will advise management and staff on effective adaptation or incorporation of contemporary issues in programme- and project-planning. Furthermore, graduates will incorporate the acquired knowledge and skills in providing staff trainings and co-developing tools for monitoring and evaluating programmes and projects.
Disaster Risk Management
Within an increasingly complex and dynamic context, graduates are trained and equipped to enhance community resilience of communities and reduce the impact of crises and disasters on sustainable development. Graduates have acquired new insights and know how to use innovative approaches, which have proved their potential to build community resilience to better manage risks as required by the nature of today’s crises and disasters. By looking through a disaster and conflict lens, graduates can make an important contribution to sustainable development.
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Food and Nutrition Security
Food Security specialists explore effective responses to mal- and undernourishment, by defining needs, constraints, coping strategies and opportunities for small scale producers in rural communities. In selecting appropriate context-specific interventions, which reflect understanding of the local context in its wider context, they consider stakeholder relationships and how collaboration could be organised to each stakeholder’s benefit while helping farmers to safeguard their ability to ensure local food security. In the face of globalisation, slow economic growth and political instability, specialists may design and implement responses for (non-)governmental organisations or partners in the private sector, in the form of projects, programmes, market structures or policies.
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Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth
Specialists in Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth contribute to inclusive transformation of social processes that improve circumstances for marginalised people to take part in society. Recognising that equal access to markets and social services, influence over decisions affecting one’s life and young people as key drivers of innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity will increase security over livelihood and improve social economic conditions for everyone, specialists may design interdisciplinary projects to mainstream social inclusion and reduce inequities. As agents for community development, they may be managers, coordinators or consultants in a (non-)governmental organisation or in the private sector.
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