Programme info

Micro-credential: Gender and Development: A Local Institutional Perspective

Learning outcomes

This micro-credential focuses on the following learning outcomes.

1. The participant understands the mutually influencing relationship between ‘gender relations’ and ‘development’.

2. The participant knows that gender blind assumptions lead to policy failures and is able to apply gender analysis frameworks.

3. The participant can critically reflect upon the notion of ‘the household’ and is able to analyse intra-household relations from a gender perspective.

4. The participant understands the notion of ‘masculinity’ and its importance in the context of gender & development.

5. The participant understands that access to and control over resources is influenced by and may influence ‘gender relations’.

6. The participant can synthesize and reflect upon the widely diverging evidence with respect to the impact of microfinance on women’s empowerment.

7. The participant understands the importance of natural resource property rights (and its gender-sensitive monitoring) for gender equality and women’s empowerment, and can monitor and analyse changes in property rights systems from a gender perspective.

8. The participant understands the importance of collective action to bring about institutional change, particularly changes in gender relations.

9. The participant understands and can reflect upon the gender-differentiated impact of the COVID-19 crisis and of the policy measures to address the crisis.


The lecturer of the course is prof. dr. Nathalie Holvoet.

Practical information

The course is organised in 8 sessions of 2 hours between mid-April and mid-May, spread out over various sessions per week (on average 2 or 3 sessions per week on different days). Attendance in class is mandatory to allow for interaction, debate and group work. All sessions are organised in Antwerp (Stadscampus). 

Students of the micro-credential course will participate in the same session as students of the Advanced Master programmes in Development Studies of the Institute of Development Policy. This group consists of a group of of about 5 to 10 predominantly international students.