What you’ll learn
This microcredential will provide you with the practical skills, tools and methodologies to plan a development intervention.
Using real-life case studies, you’ll critically engage with tools, frameworks and methods associated with designing development interventions. You’ll be taken through the process of a development intervention, with the different stages covered roughly in chronological sequence according to the concept of the project cycle, which is widely used among development agencies. Whilst the focus is on development management practice, you’ll also be looking at theoretical issues and debates relevant to global development.
By the end of the course, you’ll have learnt how to:
- apply tools, methods and frameworks for investigation and analysis aimed at informing development policy and practice
- use sound methodological principles and practices to investigate a development management problem
- gather and make effective use of data of various sorts, from diverse sources, and from different media
- construct and communicate arguments using clear conceptual frameworks, integrating quantitative and qualitative evidence
- critically analyse the contexts, processes and outcomes of development interventions, and the relationships by means of which interventions are undertaken.
This microcredential is designed for practitioners who are working in the global development industry. This could include non-governmental organisations, the public sector, governmental bodies, or volunteers in community action projects.
Professionals who’d benefit from the microcredential could be working as development managers, field workers, planning managers, project managers, project officers, country managers, or regional managers.
Upon completing and passing this microcredential, you’ll be awarded 15 academic credits at postgraduate level.
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