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A Cutting Edge of Development Thinking, Short Course

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  • 4 days
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The world of development practice has become increasingly complex as practitioners are forced to explain extreme deviations in growth trajectories, from failed states like Somalia to stagnant middle-income Latin American countries, and emerging African economies. 
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  • Simultaneously, growth itself has become an inadequate goal to many—only acceptable if it is both sustainable and inclusive. Development paradigms are constantly shifting, and while these models try to make sense of this evolving landscape, most never seem to generate solutions for the pressing challenges of today.
  • Developed with the Center for International Development at Harvard, A Cutting Edge of Development Thinking is the premier executive program for senior bilateral and multilateral development officials who seek continuous learning amidst this ever-changing environment. Led by renowned Harvard faculty and leading experts in the field, this program will examine the latest development research findings and how these can be used to inform strategic and tactical decisions. The course also offers practitioners who are new to international development the opportunity to deeply examine decades of lessons on what works (and doesn’t work) in development practice, from project design to implementation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 4 days
  • Languages
    • English
    Schedule TOEFL® Schedule IELTS
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Economic Complexity and Structural Transformation
  • Growth and Inclusion Diagnostics
  • Inclusive Growth
  • Getting Things Done in the Development Context


English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

  • Schedule a TOEFL® test
  • Schedule an IELTS test

Academic Requirements

  • This program has restricted admissions. It is recommended that interested participants have a background in economics and 8+ years of experience in development.

Work Experience

At least 8 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7600 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7600 USD per module and a duration of 4 days.
  • National

    7600 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7600 USD per module and a duration of 4 days.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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