Master in International Cooperation and Development - MICAD

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MICaD is structured in four complementary levels, fostering multidimensional training and integrating scientific methodologies and operative competences.

During the programme, scientific training and professional training are intertwined, so to facilitate the indispensable dialogue between theory and practice, that should never be disconnected: hands on reality fosters new waves of relevant research, and systematic reflection upon practical experience makes learning possible.

Students of different academic backgrounds share an interdisciplinary education, including relevant economic, political, historical, legal, institutional and managerial competences, with a special focus on understanding causes and consequences of poverty, inequality, marginalization and vulnerability. The logical structure of the program goes from the essentials of development (definition, actors, indicators) to the nexus development/globalization (including trade, migrations, foreign investment, debt and finance). Among the drivers of development, we lean to identify institutions and policies (at the local, regional and international levels), along with historical legacies and current geo-political. Even geography (energy and resources, environment and extreme climate events) defies local and international human security, making institution building a cornerstone of development.

On this background, one leans to understand how to design and evaluate development projects, and how to effectively communicate with all stakeholders. Thanks to a solid multidisciplinary formation, professional expertise can overcome the technocratic risk of applying one-size-fits-all projects (that are well known for their scarce effectiveness), and experience the creativity that comes from truly partnering with a local community that is to be the protagonist, not the passive recipient, of development efforts.

In this perspective, the course provides a deeper insight on selected development issues, as practical examples where theory and practice meet poverty eradication, food security, community health, women’s education and entrepreneurship, resilience; and last but not least financing for development at the micro level (impact investing), and at the macro level (illicit cross-country financial flows).

The  programme is completed with an internship, in Italy or abroad, that gives students the invaluable opportunity to test and strengthen the competencies acquired during the Master’s program and it usually lasts at least three months. In parallel, students develop their project work, a personal research/reflection connected to the internship experience or to a topic of their choice, in close contact with a Master professor and/or a professional from a partner institution. Students will also receive support and tutoring during their search for an internship, including concerning CV and cover letter preparation, vacancies and internship announcements research.


Essentials of Development
Development Cooperation Actors - G. Prennushi (Independent consultant)
Development Indicators - G. Prennushi (Independent consultant)

Globalization and Development
Global Integration, Trade and Development - S. Beretta (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
Money and Finance in Open Economies - E. Colombo (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
Development Economics - M. A. Maggioni (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
The Interface between Trade and Development in the Multilateral Dimension - M. Tortora (former senior staff member, UN Secretariat - UNCTAD)
Global Finance and Development: Servant or Deceiver? - P. Dembinski (University of Fribourg & Observatoire de la Finance)

Drivers of Development Institutions
International Human Rights Law - M. La Manna (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
Human Rights Public Policy - A. Rossi (former Director of the Measurement and Human Rights Programme at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University)
Local Governance for Development - M. Nebel (Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla - UPAEP)
Institutions, Democracy and Development. Facts, Theories, and Measures - D. Rossignoli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

History and Culture
Institution Building and International Security in the Post-Bipolar World - R. Redaelli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
Geopolitical Analysis: Actors, Resources, Strategies - A. Pigoli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
Cultural Diplomacy in Extreme Areas - M. Lombardi (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

Natural Resources Management and Development - S. Balestri (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into Development Projects - M. Armellin (World Vision UK)
Energy and Environmental Challenges in Developing Countries - S. Tagliapietra (The Johns Hopkins University – SAIS Europe, Bologna)

How to design and evaluate development projects    
Project Cycle Management - J. Schunk
Theory of Change - G. Agosti (CESVI)
Monitoring and Evaluation - G. Agosti (CESVI)
Profit – Non-Profit Partnerships - F. Cinque (E4Impact Foundation)
Enhancing Communication Skills in Development - N. Strazzari (Vision Plus Media Enterprises and Università della Valle d'Aosta)

Selected Development Issues    
The Challenge of Hunger - L. Albani and G. Agosti (CESVI)
Building Resilience - F. Giordano (RiRes)
Partnering for Health in Development Cooperation - G. Gargioni and E. Minelli (WHO)
Gender and Development - M. Romanelli  (WeWorld-GVC)
Impact Investing and Inclusive Business - E. Casolari (OPES LCEF) and F. Oliva (AVSI)
Illicit Financial Flows and Developing Countries - M. Riccardi (TRANSCRIME)
Empowering People, Building Partnerships - M. R. De Paolis (European Commission)

Professional Skills Enhancement    
Collecting, Managing and Representing Data - E. Uberti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
UCSC Library Resources - D. Grbac (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
How to Prepare for a Career in International Organizations - S. Johaar (UN expert, Brussels)
Soft Skills: Assessment and Development - BeInValYou


See the list of some of the past internships

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