Professional fields

Within the Master of Management of Development, you can specialise in the following professional fields:

  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Food and Nutrition Security
  • Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth

Disaster Risk Management

The number, complexity and impact of disasters are increasing which heightens the need for better disaster management. Disaster Risk Management has become one of the cornerstones of international development: there is urgency to reduce disaster losses and a need to minimize the impact of disasters on sustainable development. 

Central to this specialisation is the focus on reducing the negative impacts of disasters and conflict on peoples’ lives and livelihoods and to build people’s resilience to disasters, crises and conflict.

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Food and Nutrition Security

Despite the fact that the world currently produces enough food for everyone, due to losses and waste, not everyone has access to this food. This may be due to losses after the harvest, which results in less optimal yields, or because (locally) produced food is used for other purposes, such as animal feed or biofuel.

How can different stakeholders cooperate in such a way that they all benefit and as a result help farmers protect their assets to ensure local food security? This program, which will benefit development organizations, governments and the private sector to improve food security in developing countries, addresses various global and local food security issues that prepare students for a variety of problems they may encounter in their workplace.

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Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth

Through the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, governments around the world have committed themselves to a global partnership to combat poverty. However, poverty can only be eradicated if marginalized individuals and groups experience equality, regardless of their gender, race, ethnic origin, disability or age. That is why the term social inclusion is nowadays often used in discussions about sustainable development and the reversal of poverty.

But where does social inclusion refer to and how can development organizations and government agencies contribute to inclusive transformation processes that will improve the conditions for all people to participate in society? This specialization is designed to address the problems of marginalization, by equipping students with specific competences needed to understand and define the aforementioned contextual factors, reduce inequalities and improve social and economic conditions for all.

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