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Global Affairs and Fundraising Certificate in International Development

Diploma Description

Over the past several decades, more than a billion people around the world have been pulled out of extreme poverty. However, inequities within and between countries persist and are expected to increase due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as hundreds of millions of people in developing countries continue to live in abject, debilitating poverty, where health and education outcomes remain unacceptably low, and the impact of economic activity on the environment and climate change leave vulnerable populations in poor countries especially at risk. This certificate will explore why some countries develop and others have not, and what is being done through the Sustainable Development Goals to improve the lives of people living in poverty around the world. The certificate will also examine the critical role of civil society and the public and private sectors in advancing the goals of international development.

Courses in this certificate will explore economic, social and political development and the key actors and theories that explain, inform and drive international development. Courses will provide a deep dive into the key elements and related metrics of international development, including economic growth and poverty, health, education, governance, and the environment. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to explore critical, cross-cutting topics that impact international development, including gender equality, human rights, disaster preparedness, and finance for development.

This program consists of five courses—including two required and three electives. For students with no academic or professional experience in International Development, we suggest starting with one of the required courses first if possible. Courses include sessions scheduled for evenings and weekends Eastern Time. Students are required to attend at least 75% of these sessions per course. 

Those beginning the program in Fall 2021 will be provided with options to complete the program virtually.

 

Must be completed within

3 years

You'll Walk Away With

  • An understanding of international development, including its key components and metrics
  • An understanding of what is currently being done to advance international development, including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • The ability to analyze countries based on key international development metrics and theories
  • The ability to apply lessons learned from our global experience to current issues in international development and foreign aid
  • An understanding of the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in international development

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT GIVE YOU THE SKILLS AND TRAINING YOU NEED TO START YOUR NEW CAREER

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT PROVIDE FOUNDATIONAL INFORMATION IN THE FIELD WITH OPTIONS TO SPECIALIZE IN AN AREA RELEVANT TO YOUR NEEDS

REQUIRED COURSES

All Courses Required

International Development

Explore the main elements of country development—from economic, political, social, cultural, and environmental perspectives.

2021 Fall
1 section

Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction

This course will examine the economic challenges poor countries face and the strategies proposed to deal with them, beginning with an analysis...

ELECTIVE COURSES

Complete 3

Health in Developing Countries

The world has made immense strides in improving health outcomes and increasing life-expectancy over the past century in large part due to...

2021 Fall
1 section

Education and International Development

According to the World Bank, education is a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and...

Energy and the Environment

Develop a foundation from which to chart an environmentally conscious path toward decarbonizing the energy sector.

Politics and Development

"Good governance" is an essential condition for growth in low-income countries, and for human development as well. A number of the...

Peacemaking and Peacebuilding

Explore contemporary methods for peacemaking and peacebuilding as responses to real and potential deadly international conflicts.

Gender in International Affairs

Gain a broad, multidisciplinary overview of gender in international affairs, drawing upon examples from international, national, and local contexts.

2021 Fall
1 section

Human Rights and Development

A rights-based approach to development has become increasingly central in explaining and addressing the underlying issues related to economic,...

Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Assistance

In order to achieve the key UN Sustainable Development goals of "No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Wellbeing, Gender Equality, Clean...

2021 Fall
1 section

Impact Investing and Financial Inclusion

Impact investors seek to generate environmental and social impacts in addition to financial returns. This course introduces you to how markets...

General Admission Requirements

For those who have completed some college Completion of 32 credits with at least 2 years work experience OR 60 credits with no work experience required