The Master in Development Evaluation and Management focuses on the efforts made by a wide range of 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 they governments, community-based organisations, international NGOs, bilateral or multilateral donors - are analysed in order to attain a better understanding of processes and outcomes. The theoretical perspective is that development can be understood as a set of interlocking collective action problems. The Master programme offers methodological and practical insight into development evaluation, its relevance and challenges.
The programme offers two tracks with specific objectives and courses:
- Track 1: National Institutions, Poverty Reduction Strategies and Aid
This track focuses on the analysis of the interaction between national institutions, local politics and external actors (macro level).
- Track 2: Development Interventions and Local Institutional Change
This track conceptualises socio-political and economic development as the outcome of interactions between a conditioning institutional environment and the agency of local, national and international actors (micro level).
Applicants to this Master programme must show a keen interest in studying and analysing the institutional context in which development interventions take place; in M&E; the design, implementation and evaluation of local/(inter)national development interventions; the role of external actors in development.
Some of the most recurrent employers among IOB graduates are within the government sector, parliaments, inter/supranational organisations, national and international NGOs, higher education/research, and bi- or multilateral donor agencies. IOB also offers a multi-disciplinary Doctoral Programme, leading to a PhD in Development Studies. To ensure quality guidance IOB adheres to a strict policy in considering and accepting applications.