The Turin School of Development (as part of the International Training Centre of the ILO) in partnership with the University of Turin offers this 1st level Master in Management of Development which is designed as an intensive, application-oriented blended learning program consisting of a succession of internet-based distance learning followed by interactive classroom instructions and practical application/research work. This Master programme, conducted in English, is in its 17th edition and has been successfully pursued by over 520 students from more than 80 countries worldwide.

The contents and the learning delivery methods are designed to impart to the participants the full spectrum of competencies needed in order to effectively deal with the challenges facing today's development professionals in their pursuit of social and economic progress while preserving the living environment for future generations.


The programme presents a number of unique features:

  • integration of theory with application work;
  • in-depth coverage of the full spectrum of competencies for project cycle management as practised in major development institutions; and
  • an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes the inter-linkages between rule of law, economic development and social progress.

PART I - Distance Learning

A self-learning tutor assisted period of 12 weeks' duration designed to introduce the participants to the pre-requisite entry-level knowledge in the disciplines of Part II, namely economics, institutional design, sociology, law and project management. The training materials will include selected chapters from key textbooks in addition to a number of articles from well-known journals. The learning content will be posted on the programme's website while the participants will be provided with at least one prescribed textbook.

Part II- Face-to-Face Learning

Module I: Introduction to Management of development (actors, institutions and PCM)

  • Overview of development aid, international donor institutions –
  • UN system, IMF and World Bank
  • Project cycle management: logical framework approach, operational planning, budget, monitoring and evaluation

Module II: Economics of Development

  • Economic development theories
  • The global economic crisis
  • Strategies of economic development: in selected successful countries
  • The role of FDI in development
  • Environmental economics
  • Inequality and poverty
  • Cost and benefit of migration in sending and destination countries

Module III: Enabling legal context for development

  • Enabling legal framework for effective and sustainable development.
  • The role and function of key actors in development, inter alia, multilateral and bilateral development agencies.
  • Human Rights-based approach to development programming
  • Labour Standards with emphasis on gender and prevention of child labour

Module IV: Institutional development and social analysis

  • Factors influencing “institutional efficiency “
  • Political regimes and instruments of participation
  • Development, politics and culture: perspectives from political science
  • Family, gender and participation (special reference to problems of health and education)
  • Risk management

Module V: Local development

PART III- Project preparation

This part is dedicated to individual or group formulation of a full-fledged project document in response to a perceived “development needs” in a sector and country related to the participants’ work or field of interest. The quality of preparation and presentation of the project document serves as an indicator of the participants’ understanding of the main disciplines of development work. The project document or development proposal will be assessed for quality and consistency by a panel of experts from the University of Turin and ITCILO and is a prerequisite for graduation.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee is € 8,000 and includes:

  • programme development and management;
  • teaching equipment, training materials and documentation;
  • use of training facilities and support services.

Board, lodging, travel expenses, transports and personal expenses for the period in Turin are not included in the tuition fee.


The admission criteria will take into consideration the participant’s self-financing potential as well as his/her educational and professional profiles.

The course will be held in English. Knowledge of the English language is a pre-requisite and must be proved in the application form with supporting documents.

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