This Master’s programme offers methodological and practical insights into development evaluation, its relevance and challenges.
It focuses on the efforts made, particularly by external (public and private) actors, to promote development. It provides a solid understanding of the past and present aid policies of multilateral and bilateral donors, also addressing the major aid modalities and instruments deployed. The institutional characteristics of the actors involved – be it at the governments, community-based organisations, international NGOs or bilateral or multilateral donors – are analysed in order to attain a better understanding of development processes and outcomes.
The programme offers two tracks with specific objectives and course packages intended for different audiences. The first track is primarily macro-focused, while the second focuses on the micro level:
Track 1: National institutions, poverty reduction strategies and aid
Track 2: Local institutions and poverty reduction
The Master’s programme comprises 12 months, starting and ending mid-September, and consists of four modules.
Most IOB students already have professional experience before studying at IOB. Our alumni survey shows that IOB graduates mostly (continue to) work in the government sector (24 %), international organisations (19 %), NGOs (13 %), higher education/research institutes (13 %). Some of the most recurrent employers among IOB graduates are within the government sector (e.g. Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning), national parliaments, inter/supranational organisations (e.g. United Nations, African Union, European commission, Asian/African/Inter-American Development Banks), national and international NGOs (e.g. Transparency International, Oxfam, Action Aid), higher education/research (universities, think tanks, etc.) and bilateral or multilateral donor agencies (e.g. BTC, World Bank, USAID, GTZ).
The survey also revealed that 95 % of IOB alumni felt that IOB studies had prepared them adequately for their subsequent careers. Most of them (67 %) even occupied a higher position within the organisation after studying at IOB than prior to their IOB Masters, while 28 % continued at the same level.
Additionally, IOB offers a multi-disciplinary Doctoral programme, leading to a PhD in Development Studies administered by IOB and granted by the University of Antwerp. IOB also cooperates with the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Antwerp to offer interdisciplinary PhD programmes in the field of development.
Why choose UAntwerp?
"The programme gave me the capacity to better understand the reality of my country, pushing me to go deeper in the analysis of concrete situations and stakeholders interactions. I learnt about the socio-economic and environmental situations in other regions of the world. It was interesting for me to discover that we are all the same: despite our historical and cultural differences, we share the same problems but also the same hopes and desire to build a better world."
Xitlali Sandino | Nicaragua
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