Master’s Degree in Development Economics and International Cooperation

Classification: Second Level University Master Degree

Admission requirementsSecond degree (Laurea Magistrale), Italian second-level degree awarded before Italian Ministerial Decree n.509/1999 or other degree awarded abroad and recognized by Italian law as equivalent to the aforementioned. Good knowledge of the English language.

Credits: 60 CFU

Duration 640 hours

Languages: English and Italian

Venue: Rome

Start date30 April 2014

Italian version

Partner institutions and sponsors

The Master is in partnership with SudgestAid, an Italian non-profit entity with public sector participation, engaged in promoting and managing local sustainable development projects.

Patronages and Sponsorships:

Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SIMEST, Formez.Pa, The Association of Italian People’s Banks (Associazione delle Banche Popolari Italiane), Ria Grant Thornton S.p.A., Consedin S.p.A., Trilog S.p.A.

The Master’s program

Purpose and overview

International development cooperation is a huge and highly important sector.  The OECD estimates that in the period 2001-2011, Official Development Aid (ODA) alone exceeded $ 1 billion. Traditionally the domain of bilateral and multilateral public relations between countries, development cooperation today involves the increasing commitment of a number of diverse stakeholders such as foundations, non-profit organizations, private companies and local governments. The constant evolution of development cooperation offers considerable professional opportunities. The dynamic nature of this sector implies a highly competitive job market where continuing professional update, mobility and access to information networks are increasingly critical. These challenges often result in a lack of knowledge regarding the existing professional opportunities, which are under exploited. Link Campus University has established a Master’s degree in Development Economics and International Cooperation specifically in order to provide participants with specific training and concrete career prospects in the field of development cooperation. The goal is to provide participants with the necessary skills and qualifications to be hired as policy advisors and programme/project managers by international organizations, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other prestigious institutions. The Master’s program is therefore strongly professionally oriented and its main strengths are:

  • a Teaching methodology focused on real case studies and simulations and based on the professors’ and guest speakers’ know-how and field experience. This approach allows students to consolidate and enrich the theoretical foundation provided and translate it into practice. The curriculum also includes lectures, conferences and workshops on specific topics, such as the role of development cooperation in the current global scenario.
  • an international faculty composed of experts who combine academic activity with the on-field profession within the framework of international organizations, national cooperation agencies, NGOs, financial institutions and other development agencies.
  • a close partnership with SudgestAid. At the international level, SudgestAid  operates in crisis areas affected by serious development issues by supporting better governance and promoting solutions for local sustainable development. SudgestAid currently manages a number of projects in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen.
  • a “career development” series of lectures specifically dedicated to enhancing employability and professional placement in the development cooperation sector. A database for students’ CVs will be created and made accessible to the major institutions operating in the development cooperation sector.
  • the Master includes an end of program internship, arranged in the course of the program through a process of selection of host organizations, national and transnational projects of interest.

Program details Thematic area 1 FOUNDATIONS-   Theories, factors and development policies

1 – Conceptual Foundations of International Development Cooperation

2 – Theories of Economic Growth and Development

3 – Endogenous Growth and Local Development

4– Ethical Principles, Coherence, Standards and Operational Principles in Development Cooperation

Thematic area 2 ISSUES – International policies for development and the cooperation agenda

1 – Emergency, Development and Complex Issues: Coordination and Integration of Relief, Early Recovery, Recovery, Peace Building and Risk Reduction

2 – The Role of the United Nations and Other International Organizations, Bilateral National Development Agencies and NGO’s

3 – The European Union Cooperation and Development policies

4 – Development and the Rule of Law. Transparency and the Fight Against Corruption

5 – Immigration, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons

6 – Human Rights, Gender Issues and Cultural Awareness

7 – Business and Local Economic Development. Italy’s Internationalization Policies and Instruments

8 – The Role of the Banking System, Cooperation and Microcredit 9 – Democratization, Representation and Civil Society.

Thematic area 3 TOOLS –  Planning, design and management of development projects

1 – Policy Analysis and Formulation: understanding the context and process, Regulatory Impact Analysis

2 – Communication and Advocacy; Participatory Governance and Accountability

3 – Good Governance, Institution Building and Administrative Decentralization

4 – Conflict Management and Negotiation Techniques

5 – Programme/Project Design, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation (Project Cycle Management)

6 – Fund Raising Techniques and International Donors Policies

7 – HEAT -Hostile Environment Awareness Training- short Course on Access and Operations in High Risk Environments

8 – Career Development



  • Felice Ancora – Professor in comparative public law and lecturer in constitutional law, administrative law and EU law
  • Geminello Alvi – Economist, lecturer, journalist and writer on economic issues. Member of the scientific committee of LIMES journal of international affairs and of Italy – Russia Foundation
  • Gerhard Botha – Director of Programs and Training at the International Law Institute, DC. Formerly Senior Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank
  • Francesco Caruso – Legal Adviser for war crimes and Rule of Law, OSCE Mission to Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Thea Chiesa – Director for Aviator, Travel and Tourism, World Economic Forum
  • Giulio Coppi – Official, ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Sandrine Delattre – Independent Adult Education Professional, specializing in Project Management. Training Coordinator at NGO Management School Geneva and at CERAH – Centre Education et Recherche Action Humanitaire – Graduate Institute Geneva
  • Gianni De Michelis – Chairperson of IPALMO, formerly Italian Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister for Public Enterprises and Minister for Labor
  • Stefano Donati – Director of the Master program, formerly Senior Representative of the OSCE Head of Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bay Fang – Journalist and Diplomat, former Deputy Assistant to the US Secretary of State, responsible for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs for Europe and Eurasia
  • Davide Integlia – Lecturer in Health Sector Economics at Link Campus University. CEO of ISHEO, Integrated Solutions Health Economics
  • Assia Ivantcheva – Senior Advisor,  Elections and Political Transitions USAID, DC. Formerly, Deputy head of Department for Human Rights ODIHR, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, Warsaw
  • Andrea Micocci – Lecturer in Economics and International Economic Policy at Link Campus University and at Second University the study of Naples
  • Massimo Pesci “Consultant and Specialist in fundraising for the non profit sector. Director of the ASVI Master in Fundraising, Communication, Marketing and Public Awareness Campaigning”.
  • Paolo Prosperini – Senior manager department for UE policies and economic development, Pisa province
  • Raj Rana – Indipendent consultant on strategy and M&E for international development and certified adult facilitator
  • Gry Tina Tinde – Senior Advisor NORAD Norwegian Agency for Development. Formerly Special Advisor on Women Leading for Livelihoods to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Renne Traicova – Training Coordinator of the Master program. Formerly Senior Human Dimension Officer OSCE and Programme Manager National Democratic Institute (NDI)
  • Maristella Vicini – Head of  Institutional Relations for the Trento Autonomous Province
  • Maurizio Zandri– Executive Director SudgestAid


Internships/Project work

The internship will be completed in Italy and/or abroad and can be hosted by the agencies, organizations and companies that will collaborate with the participants to develop a project work; the internship can comprise both working hours and applied research.


Scientific committee

Chairman: Hon. Vincenzo Scotti – President of Link Campus Univerity Formerly Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Home Affairs, Minister for Co-ordination of Civil Emergency Management, Minister of Labour and Welfare, Minister of Cultural Affairs

Director: Stefano Donati

Vanna Fadini –  in the capacity of  President of SudgestAid and President of GEM

Nabil Ayad – Director, London Academy of Diplomacy, University of East Anglia Thea Chiesa – Director for Aviation, Travel and Turism World Economic Forum

Agostino Conte – Chairperson, Energy Committee of Confindustria Raimondo De Cardona – Italian Ambassador to Tunisia

Gianni De Michelis – Chairperson of IPALMO, formerly Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlo Flamment – Chairperson FormezPA

Jospeh Mifsud –  London Academy of Diplomacy, University of East Anglia

Francesco Pastore – Link Campus Lecturer in Ethics and Economics Paolo Prosperini – Senior manager department for EU policies and economic development, Pisa province Giovanni Tria – Chairperson of the Italian National School of Public Administration, tenured Professor of Economics

Maurizio Zandri – Executive Director SudgestAid


Application procedure and scholarships  

Applicants will be considered on the basis of:

1. Final grade of the second degree/Laurea Magistrale or of the Italian second-level degree awarded before D.M. 509/99 or of other qualification recognized as equivalent awarded abroad;

2. Knowledge of the English language:

a) Valid TOEFL or IELTS certificate

b) Candidates who are not in possession of TOEFL and/or IELTS valid certificates will have to take an English language test (written and oral) administered by the Link Campus University.

Applicants who will not enclose a copy of the TOEFL/IELTS certificate to the application will be automatically registered to take the English language test.

The application must include the following documentation:

Application Form – Master

– Copy of personal ID – Updated Curriculum Vitae signed by the applicant All the documentation must be signed and sent by registered mail or personally delivered in a sealed envelope to the following address:

Ufficio Master – “Link Campus University” – Via Nomentana, 335 – 00162 ROMA (ITALY).


  • Link Campus Scholarships

Link Campus University offers full or partial scholarships to eligible students.

– The Link Campus University scholarship application deadline is January 12, 2015

Download the Selection Procedure Notice

Download the Application Form


  • INPS ex INPDAP Administration Scholarships

INPS – Administration for Civil Servants (ex INPDAP) – offers full scholarships for the children and orphans of public administration employees and pensioners.

– The deadline to apply for  the INPS scholarship is December 15, 2014

Download the Selection Procedure Notice INPS ex INPDAP Administration Scholarshipse

Download the Application Form – Master INPS