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A Cutting Edge of Development Thinking

Program Session(s):
February 12, 2018 - February 16, 2018

Application Deadline(s):
December 12, 2017

Program Fee:$8,500


Program fee includes: tuition, classroom instructions, curricular materials, and most meals.

The program fee does not include housing; participants can make their own arrangements at nearby hotels including the Sheraton Commander.

This program has restricted admissions. Please see Admission page for more details.

Click here to see this program’s Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) alignment.

This program qualifies for an Executive Certificate.

Faculty Chairs: Ricardo Hausmann, Lant Pritchett
Program Director: Amber Thacher

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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. 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. 

This 5-day course provides an interactive learning environment for participants to engage, network, and debate pressing development issues with likeminded leaders.  


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