Overall Course Overview
If you are preparing to work in the field of international development, you need to acquire the knowledge, skills and contacts to function effectively in what may be unfamiliar or challenging circumstances. This interdisciplinary training course offered by Africa Institute for Project Management Studies (AIPMS) places particular focus on socio-economic development issues of concern to the developing African countries such as poverty, conflicts, governance, security ,human rights, climate change and global inequality.

Specific Course Objectives
This course accords students an opportunity to examine development processes, interventions, theories, policies and government structures in the global arena. It is expected that the student, after having completed the course, will be able to better understand a number of salient issues in the developing world. The student is expected to be able to apply concepts learned in class to the analysis of important issues in development studies.
The course is structured around some key questions including:
What does “development” mean and does it mean different things to different peoples and cultures?
• How has the historical experience of development influenced theories of development?
• What is the role of the state in development? Has this changed over time and why?
• What role do international development organizations play in development?
• Why are non-governmental organizations (NGOs) increasingly important development actors? What are the limits on the NGO role in development?
• How and why does being a woman change your life-chances and roles in the
developing world?
• How and why does being an indigenous person change your life-chances and roles
in the developing world?
• Is foreign aid effective?
• What is sustainable development and how can it be achieved?

Furthermore, it is hoped that the student will reflect on ethical issues behind his or her personal commitment to development studies, and indeed, the endeavor of “development” itself. Why do we commit ourselves to practicing economic development? What right do we have to impose development on the Third World? Do these “others” even want to be “developed”? Is it even possible to practice development in a way that is respectful of local knowledge, cultures and diverse individual aspirations?**

Course Outline:
Module 1 Introduction to International Development

  1. Introduction to International Development
  2. Process of Development
  3. Role of NGOs in Development
  4. Role of state in Development

Module 2 Sustainable Development

  1. Sustainable Development an Introduction
  2. Parameters of Sustainable Development
  3. Approaches to study of Sustainable Development
  4. Issues and challenges
  5. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)and Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)

Module 3 Developmental Issues

  1. Natural Resource Exploitation
  2. Patens of Exploitations
  3. Inequitable growth
  4. Global and Regional Dimensions

Module 4 Gender and Development

  1. Social Construction of Gender
  2. Sex Gender  Roles and Equality
  3. Conflict Resolution
  4. Types of intervention to enhance women income and Productivity
  5. UN and international conventions on Gender
  6. Global debates and their impact on Gender

This module is designed specifically for development organizations.


After they have read the material for each unit, students are expected to test their own Learning by completing some relevant exercises and tasks.

Assignments:There are ten assignments (continuous assessment tests) and one examination to be offered at the end of the course. Assignments and Continuous Assessment Tests account for 70% project paper or examination will account for 30% of the mark. Upon completion of the course you shall be issued with a Diploma Certificate and a course transcript and an international donor directory


Certificate and Transcripts will be sent after successful completion of the course

DURATION AND COURSE LOAD: 24 Weeks - 5 to 6 hours per week
Period: Six Months course
ORGANIZERS: Africa Institute for Project Management Studies (AIPMS)
LANGUAGE: English only
FORMAT: Web-based and Distance Learning facilitated
The Academics Coordinator
Africa Institute for Project Management Studies (AIPMS)