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    • MADM News

      The Master of Arts in Development Management


      The application deadline for the 2020-22 intake of the MA in Development Management has expired. The application process for the 2022-24 intake will start in January 2021. Applicants for DAAD EPOS scholarships (young professionals from developing countries only) can apply until 30 September 2021. Other applicants, both for studying at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) as well at the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany), can apply until 31 December 2021.


      Since mid-2000, the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy offers an international English-language Master Programme in Development Management at the Ruhr-University in Bochum. Since May 2002, the programme has also been offered at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa; originally as part of the DAAD initiative "German Programmes of Study Abroad" and now as part of the DAAD funded "South African - German Centre for Development Research". The duration of each programme cycle is three semesters (18 months). For each intake, up to 25 students are accepted in Bochum and up to 20 students in Cape Town.

      The following links and pages explain the aims and objectives of our MA programme, its organisational and formal requirements, and details addressing frequently asked questions:


      Our Aim


      The aim of the 18-month MA in Development Management is the training of professionals to meet the increasing need for experts in programme and project management that has emerged in international development cooperation. The course provides the student with the necessary tools to deal with the practical problems of managing development programmes and projects: an introduction to theory for embedding them in a wider context, an interdisciplinary approach to methodology based on case studies for concrete analysis and the application of theoretical and methodological knowledge.

      Entry Requirements


      • BA or relevant degree in political science, social science, law, economics or geography or in other subjects related to the planning and evaluation of development programmes and projects
      • Certified experience related to the management of development programs and projects, either practical work experience of more than four weeks or academic experience in research and teaching at an institution of higher education; for DAAD-EPOS applicants at least two years' career experience in a relevant field is required; preference is given to candidates whose employers offer a reintegration guarantee
      • Demonstrated knowledge of spoken and written English (TOEFL 79- 80 internet based (equivalent to 213 computer based or 550 written) or IELTS: band 6)

      Practical Relevance


      An important question often posed by potential students and applicants is, "What can I gain as additional qualification from this MA Programme?" Besides the academic qualifications we are imparting and teaching, one main characteristic of our programme is its practical relevance. This starts with the internship, which is arranged by the institute, complemented with continuous career counselling, establishment of a scientific network within the institute through alumni management, and the integrated PhD in International Development Studies. The IEE proudly states that over 85% of our MADM graduates are now working as professionals in the field of development cooperation.

      Training of Intercultural Competence


      Through participation in the MADM students will strengthen their intercultural competence. Intercultural skills are trained during an optional weekend seminar Intercultural Communication and Teambuilding at the beginning of the programme and throughout the whole study period through ongoing work within a student group, typically coming from more than 20 countries of the world per batch.

      Our Partner in Cape Town


      Starting in mid-2000, the IEE has been offering its international MA in Development Management in cooperation with the Institute for Social Development (ISD) and the School of Government (SoG) at the University of the Western Cape. This is the first time that a German MA in Development Management is available in South Africa.

      More Information


      For more information on the MADM please visit the following sections:


      If you still have any questions feel free to contact us directly!

      The MA in Development Management has been accredited for the third time by AQAS in 2015. The accreditation is valid until 2021.

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    • Cluster 1 News

      Regional Integration, Globalisation, Governance

      In recent decades, globalisation and regionalisation or regional integration have become important and yet rather distinct phenomena catching the attention of scholars all over the world. Across different epistemological landscapes, these phenomena are indispensible in tracing, assessing and explaining processes of interaction between multifactors. In addition, governance has appeared as a recurring theme for investigating the numerous tracks, institutional backgrounds and outcomes of political and economic decision-making on the local, national and transnational levels. This research area sets out to shed light on those processes, motivations as well as their outcomes and impacts. Multifaceted methodological designs and intensive empirical field-work yield expertise and research of highly practical relevance.
      A common frame for all studies within this research area is their focus on processes and activities that transcend national borders and the relationship of these processes to development. This includes studies on global and regional economic integration, including international trade, FDI and foreign debt, Intellectual Property Rights and global knowledge governance, and many more. These studies look at the respective economic as well as socio-political impacts of global processes on national or sub-national levels as well as on the ongoing power struggles between actors involved in the respective multilateral, regional and bilateral regimes. More specifically, some studies investigate the institutional preconditions of regional integration in different regions of the world. A set of studies on transnational governance analyses regulation processes of economic and non-economic matters, focusing on labour rights and environmental protection, among others. Related themes cover the transborder communication of social movements, which, inter alia, has been influential for recent policy ideas, such as food sovereignty. Social remittances that include communication between related groups across borders are another recurring theme for studies on migration. Furthermore, North-South and South-South-Cooperation are conceptualizations guiding studies in this cluster. Development Finance is another case in point.

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      Transnational Governance



      Trade, FDI, Intellectual Property


      • A Comparative Analysis of the Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Inclusive Economic Growth in Malawi and Zambia from 1970 to 2014 (PhD-Project Themba Nyasulu);
      • Regional Integration in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment, South-South Cooperation (Matthias Busse, selection of current projects, further information available here);
      • The Authorisation by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body to Suspend Obligations under the TRIPS Agreement: Challenges and Implementation Options for Developing Countries (PhD-Project Johannes Norpoth);
      • Political Economy of International Trade Negotiations: EU-GCC Free Trade Negotiations, Open Regionalism Revisited: Chances and Risks of Overlapping RIAs, Economics of Conflict and Reconstruction in the Middle East (Anja Zorob);
      • International Trade and Global Power Shift: U.S., EU and China´s race for power (PhD-Project Jan-Frederik Kremer);
      • Foreign Direct Investment and its Impact on Productivity and Wages in the Host Economy: Evidence from Turkish Micro-level Data (PhD-Project (completed) Syeda Tamkeen Fatima).

      Regional Integration


      • Regional Integration in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment, South-South Cooperation (Matthias Busse, selection of current projects, further information available here);
      • Political Economy of International Trade Negotiations: EU-GCC Free Trade Negotiations, Open Regionalism Revisited: Chances and Risks of Overlapping RIAs, Economics of Conflict and Reconstruction in the Middle East (Anja Zorob);
      • The Changing Relationship between Mainland China and Taiwan in the Light of the World Trade Organization (PhD-Project Qin Tang);
      • Institutional Change in African Countries, Regional Co-operation in Africa with a Focus on West-Africa (Christof Hartmann, further information available here);
      • Collective Identity and Prospects for Political Integration: The Case of the East African Community (PhD-Project (completed) Catherine Promise Biira).

      Development Finance


      • External Debt: Impacts on Growth and Development under Sustainability and Debt Crisis (Dieter Bender, current project, further information available here).

      North-South-/South-South-Cooperation


      • Asymmetries in South-South Cooperation - Brazil as a New Development Partner in Africa (PhD-Project Jurek Seifert);
      • The Perception of the European Union as Environmental Actor in the Mediterranean Partner Countries (PhD-Project Jasmin Gerau).

      Migration


      • Somali Diaspora Members as unofficial 'Development' Agents and Communicators in their Country of Origin. Visions and Challenges (PhD-Project Michele Gonnelli);
      • Socio-Cultural Remittances and their Impact: A Study of Migrant Sending Communities in Rural Bangladesh (PhD-Project Maruf Lutfur).


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    • Cluster 2 News

      The Effectiveness of Interventions and Policies for Development: social, political and legal science perspectives

      Research Cluster 2 is located at the crossroads of social, political, and legal science research in the field of development. We critically evaluate local development interventions through the application of social science theories and research, moreover we assess the legal and political framework into which development interventions are embedded on an (inter-)national level. This allows for rich discussions on selected focal topics – such as housing, conflict, governance, health, employment and education - from different disciplinary perspectives. From a methodological point of view, qualitative and quantitative methods of empirical social research as well as legal analysis and policy analysis are at the core of Cluster 2. The figure below gives an overview on the specific disciplines and major topics represented and discussed in our research cluster.

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    • Cluster 3 News

      Resource Use and Distribution

      A country's wealth of renewable and non-renewable resources is a weak indicator for its economic, social and political fate. The institute deals with resource use and distribution from a macro and micro perspective. One focal area of our research addresses the ambiguous effects of resource abundance and scarcity (e.g. fossil fuels or water). Another one investigates the impact of diverse factors, such as climate and technology changes, on the production and pricing of food.

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    • Afghanistan Programme News

      After the defeat of the Taliban regime and the establishment of the new government in Afghanistan, the oldest academic cooperation of the IEE – that with the University of Kabul – saw its revival in 2002. Read more about the achievements, the components and the fascinating story behind a partnership that goes back to the very roots of the Institute and which spreads nowadays beyond Kabul to the Universities of Balkh (Mazar-i'-Sharif), Herat, Nangarhar (Jalalabad), Khost, Kandahar, Bamyan, Faryab, Jawzjan and Paktia.

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    • PhD IDS News

      PhD in International Development Studies

      phdSince winter 2007, the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy has been offering an international English-language PhD programme in International Development Studies. It is implemented by the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy on behalf of the Faculties of Geography, Law, Social Science, and Economics. Up to 10 PhD candidates are accepted to the programme annually. The programme builds on three fundamental pillars: It is a structured PhD programme with a strong interdisciplinary and international focus.

       

      The deadline for applications for the intake in November 2020 was 30 April 2020. The review process has not yet been completed. A final decision is expected in the early autumn 2020. Applicants will be contacted directly after completion of the selection process. Based on that, we kindly ask you to refrain from asking about the processing status.
      Please note: There will be no in-person classes until January 2021.

      The 2021 application period for the PhD IDS will start in November 2020.

      (Update: 2 July 2020)



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    • General News

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  • IEE Newsletter

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    • IEE Newsletter No. 20
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      With the Christmas break approaching an eventful and successful year for the Institute is drawing to a close. A major change to the outward appearance of the IEE came in June, when the newly designed website of the Institute went online. The new structure and layout of our website gave us a reason to also present our newsletter in a new web-based format, yet not without giving you the opportunity to download the newsletter (or those contributions which are of most interest to you) in the conventional pdf-format. As before, the newsletter will continue to inform you, our readers, about all the changes, events, and success stories of the last six months by providing reports, stories and interviews of IEE Members, students, friends and Alumni.
      The current edition of the newsletter reveals most clearly that the connectedness between the IEE and its Alumni is a salient feature of the Institute. The importance attached to the relationship with and among our Alumni is reflected in a number of contributions of this newsletter, such as the report from MADM alumna Cristina Gregorio about her Carlo Schmid Programme fellowship at the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit, the report on the DAAD Alumni Conference in Leipzig, and the MADM lecture series on "Development Cooperation in Practice" to name but a few.
      We would like to take this opportunity to strengthen our ties to our Alumni and reach out to all Alumni who receive our newsletter. We kindly ask you to provide us with information about your current job positions. Our hope is to create a database for mutual exchange among all the development cooperation professionals with a common history at the IEE. Please send your information to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!
      We hope that the current newsletter will give all our readers numerous reasons to stay connected with us.
      Enjoy the read!

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    • IEE Newsletter No. 19
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    • IEE Newsletter No. 21
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      The current edition of the IEE Newsletter comes at a festive time, with the Ruhr-University Bochum celebrating its 50th anniversary. While the Ruhr-University looks back at five decades, it is time again for us to look at the activities of the past six months, which encompass, inter alia, the start of a new intake of the PhD IDS, the start of a new cooperation at PhD level, and a summer school of the MADM in Cape Town. In addition, read about the experiences of one of our MADM students during an internship at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; a walk down memory lane by Faustine Wabwire, one of our alumni; and what an IEE alumnus and a current student from Nepal, and a staff member with family ties to Nepal report from the earthquake-shaken country and how the reconstruction of the country can be supported. Enjoy the read!

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    • IEE Newsletter No. 22
      Newsletter 22 graphicneuWith an eventful year coming to a close, the 22nd edition of the IEE newsletter reflects on the institute's activities in the past six months. Of particular interest are the 4th PhD Conference on International Development and the Urban Food Plus Summer School, two recent successful academic events organized by the IEE. As we like to communicate our research outcomes and ideas, not only at such congresses, but also to the readers of the IEE Newsletter, this issue also includes a number of contributions, summarizing the research results of a PhD project, recent activities of research cluster 2 and the latest publications of IEE researchers. In addition, you can read about recent developments in our study programmes and learn about the experiences of our students. Apart from looking back on the activities and experiences of the last months, we give you a taste of the events to come, including the start of the German-Arab PhD programme, and the start of the MERCUR Project's first field research period. Enjoy the read!

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    • IEE Newsletter No. 23
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      We have moved! After an eventful year, full of activities and research projects in the Master's, PhD, and university-wide programmes, it almost slipped our minds to tell you that our offices have moved. The new premises of the IEE are located at newly renovated, modern office rooms at Universitätsstraße 105, 44789 Bochum. The relocation was necessitated by major construction work in the previous office building on campus. We proudly welcome visitors to our new home.
      A look at the contributions to this edition of the newsletter confirms that, apart from new premises, there is continuity and progress in the activities of the IEE and its members – a good reason to celebrate the Institute's remarkable 50th anniversary in November this year. The anniversary will coincide with an Alumni Conference organized by the IEE in Bochum, which is just one of a number of conferences that we are happy to announce. Enjoy the read!
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    • IEE Newsletter No. 24

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      One year after the Ruhr-University Bochum celebrated its 50 anniversary, the IEE follows suit with the festivities for its own 50th anniversary. This is a reason to look back at the activities, collaborations, shifts, and developments of the IEE over last five decades. Beyond a look back into the history of the Institute, our current and recent activities provide a wide and interesting spectrum, including new aspects of our Cooperation with Afghanistan through a GIZ and DAAD project, the summer school of our Master in Development Management programme, a new intake in the PhD in International Development Studies, updates from an alumnus now working in crisis-ridden South Sudan, as well as numerous research activities including a workshop on corruption, a conference panel in Oxford, presentations at the PhD Conference in East Anglia, field research experiences in South Africa and Bangladesh, as well as a number of new publications from IEE members.
      Enjoy the read!

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    • IEE Newsletter No. 25

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      After the last year came to a closing at the IEE with a festive ceremony for our 50th anniversary, we have started into the year 2017 with a full range of ongoing and new activities, including a first intake of a training programme on mining education for Afghanistan, networking activities among development-related master programmes, a conference on SDGs and Human Rights, as well as research activities in Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Cambodia and Bangladesh, on which we keep you updated with this newsletter.

      Enjoy the read!

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    • IEE Newsletter No. 26

      IEE News No 26

      Christmas is approaching and another year is coming to a close. Looking back on our activities in the last six months, such as field research in Bamenda within the Urban Food Plus research project, an Alumni Conference in Cape Town, another Alumni Conference in Rio de Janeiro, the start of a new PhD IDS intake, and the graduation of the Cape Town group of the current MADM intake, we are delighted to present once again, a great line-up of interesting stories and events that we would like to share with you in this newsletter.

      Enjoy the read!
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    • IEE Newsletter No. 27

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      This year’s summer edition of the IEE newsletter comprises several contributions reporting on research activities at the Institute – including an update on the Urban Food Plus and MERCUR projects, as well as reports on the Joint PhD programme with the Institute of Social Studies and research stays for individual PhD projects. We hope that, next to reports on recent activities in our other programmes, these contributions set the tone for the 7th PhD Conference on International Development that the IEE is happy to host this November.

      In addition and in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation, we herewith also inform you about how we deal with your subscriber data. In the process of your subscription, you have shared your e-mail address with us, plus optionally your name. After subscribing, you have received an email asking you to confirm your subscription and request to receive our bi-annual newsletter. By your confirmation, your e-mail address has been added to our mailing list that we use only to send our newsletter. The mailing list is only accessible by the respective editor(s) of the newsletter. We do not share your subscriber data with third persons or institutions. Please read also our Data Privacy Statement for the IEE News.
      As before, you can update your subscription or unsubscribe under the following link https://lists.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/mailman/listinfo/iee-news or by sending us an e-mail.

      Many thanks for your continued interest in our activities! Enjoy the read!

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    • IEE Newsletter No. 28

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      This year’s winter edition of the IEE newsletter comprises several contributions reporting on research activities at the Institute – including an update on the new MADM intake and the Erasmus Mundus projects, as well a report on the PhD conference that took place in Bochum in early November.

      In addition and in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation, we herewith also inform you about how we deal with your subscriber data. In the process of your subscription, you have shared your e-mail address with us, plus optionally your name. After subscribing, you have received an email asking you to confirm your subscription and request to receive our bi-annual newsletter. By your confirmation, your e-mail address has been added to our mailing list that we use only to send our newsletter. The mailing list is only accessible by the respective editor(s) of the newsletter. We do not share your subscriber data with third persons or institutions. Please read also our Data Privacy Statement for the IEE News.
      As before, you can update your subscription or unsubscribe under the following link https://lists.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/mailman/listinfo/iee-news or by sending us an e-mail.

      Many thanks for your continued interest in our activities! Enjoy the read!

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    • IEE Newsletter No. 29

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      This year’s summer edition of the IEE newsletter comprises several contributions reporting on research activities at the Institute – including an update on the MADM intake and the SA-GER CDR, as well a report on the first PhD defense of the Joint-PhD with ISS-EU.

      Many thanks for your continued interest in our activities! Enjoy the read!

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    • IEE Newsletter No. 30

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      This year’s winter edition of the IEE newsletter comprises several contributions reporting on research activities at the Institute – including an update on the MADM and the South Afrian-German Center for Development Research.

      Many thanks for your continued interest in our activities! Enjoy the read! We wish all our readers Happy Holidays!

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    • IEE Newsletter No. 31

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      This year’s spring edition of the IEE newsletter comprises first of all some information with regard to the Institute's response to the Corona Crisis. The edition entails several contributions on our different Programmes including an update on the MADM, the South Afrian-German Center for Development Research and the PhD IDS. Moreover there are several reports on individual experiences of Alumni and Research fellows of the IEE.

      Many thanks for your continued interest in our activities! Enjoy the read, take care and stay healthy!

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