Global peace and security challenges, amplified by deep geopolitical tensions, have never been so high, calling into question the achievement of the development goals set out in the Agenda 2030.

The programme explores the implementation of development processes in complex environments and gives you the skills to apply the triple nexus approach. By engaging with peers and leading experts in the field, you will be encouraged to reflect critically on your practice.

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  • Learn about the impact of protracted crises and conflicts on development policies and practices, to better understand the challenges at stake in your local context

  • Acquire strategic management tools to improve your projects and/or formulate new strategies with a conflict-sensitive approach

  • Sharpen your professional skills and critical thinking to elaborate innovative solutions and become more agile in decision-making

  • Conduct a professional thesis to deepen your expertise and recommend concrete and effective changes in your working environment

  • Strengthen your leadership and communication skills to gain influence and better interact with different types of stakeholders in fragile settings

  • Expand your professional network to develop synergies and exchange best practices on topics of common interest

Who is this programme for?


  • Professionals who hold or aspire to hold leadership positions in governments, international organisations, NGOs, and the broader civil society space

  • Professionals from the private sector seeking to gain knowledge and experience in the humanitarian/development/peacebuilding fields


Related SDG

SDG 1 - No poverty SDG 2 - zero hunger SDG 4 - quality education SDG 9 - industry, innovation and infrastructure SDG 16 - PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONSSDG 17 - partnerships for the goals

Module 1

3 weeks full-time at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) in Doha, Qatar & 2 weeks full-time online - Certificate & Diploma

  • Get critical perspectives on key issues related to contemporary peace and security concerns

  • Analyse the complex implementation of development processes in fragile contexts

  • Rethink projects using strategic management tools, with a conflict-sensitive approach

  • Acquire methodological skills to carry out a professional thesis

The participants in the Certificate must write a paper and submit it two months after the end of the module.


Module 2

4 months part-time at your workplace with e-learning - Diploma only

  • Conduct data collection and analysis for your professional thesis

  • Write your professional thesis (on a thematic relevant to your work)

  • Attend elective e-learning courses on different topics, including on gender


Module 3

2.5 weeks full-time in international Geneva - Diploma only

  • Strengthen your leadership and communication skills

  • Present the findings of your professional thesis to your peers

  • Participate in work sessions with public administrations, international organisations and NGOs



  • Peer-to-peer learning - engage with peers from various continents and sectors

  • Interactive teaching - learn actively with learner-centred approaches

  • Partners faculty and speakers - benefit from guidance and coaching from our staff

  • Case studies, field visits - look into concrete field projects and classes

  • Diversity - benefit from exposure to international speakers, faculty staff and peers

  • Professional thesis - write a paper with professional relevance and impact through guidance from teachers and discussions with peers


Certificate: CHF 8'500
Diploma: CHF 3'500 to 25'000, according to country of origin

Priority countries - Diploma only

If you come from a country that is on this list, your financial contribution will be limited to CHF 3'500. Special consideration will  be given to applicants from the first column (least developed countries), as well as those working in local NGOs. Logistics are provided and covered by the programme. You are only required to organise and take at your expense the round trip to attend Module 1.

Opportunities for other countries - Diploma only

If your country is not included in the above list, you may still be eligible for cost reduction. Your financial contribution will be fixed according to the Human Development Index (HDI):

  • CHF 12'500 for candidates coming from a country with a low-to-medium HDI

  • CHF 17'500 for candidates coming from a country with a high HDI

  • CHF 25'000 for candidates coming from a country with a very high HDI

Logistics are provided and covered by the programme. You are only required to organise and take at your expense the round trip to attend Module 1.

Swiss candidates - Diploma only

Your contribution will vary between CHF 3'500 and CHF 25'000 and will be fixed according to your 'Revenu Déterminant Unifié' (RDU). For more information, please, contact Stéphanie Roy Michael.

If you are a Geneva taxpayer, you may be eligible for the chèque annuel de formation (CAF) up to CHF 2'250, delivered by the Canton of Geneva. You must make the CAF request before the start of the training.
The programme reference for the Executive Certificate is 7110.
The programme reference for the Executive Diploma is 7130.

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

Entry requirements
  • Bachelor's degree (minimum three years) and several years (ideally 5-7 years) of professional experience (or an equivalent combination of training and experience)

  • Proficiency in English (no certificate is required, although interviews by skype or in-person in Geneva may be requested)

  • Support of the applicant's organisation - Diploma only

Degrees awarded

Executive Certificate in Development Policies and Practices - Conflict and Fragility Management
Certificate of Advanced Studies (15 ECTS)
Requires successful completion of Module 1 assessments and final paper

Executive Diploma in Development Policies and Practices - Conflict and Fragility Management
Diploma of Advanced Studies (30 ECTS)
Requires successful completion of Modules 1, 2 and 3 assessments and professional thesis

Both programmes count towards the Executive Master in International Relations

Application process
  • Online application form

  • Scanned copies of your academic degrees

  • Letter of reference from your current or previous employer -  Certificate only

  • Letter from your current employer explaining the relevance of your professional thesis for the institution's activities and objectives. This letter must be written on headed paper and include the full contact details of the person signing it: surname, first name, position, email address and telephone number - Diploma only - Download letter outline

Alumnae-i benefits
  • Membership of the Graduate Institute alumnae-i network of 20,000+

  • 10% discount on Executive Education programmes

  • Networking and professional development opportunities through the alumnae-i regional chapters and the DPP community of practice

Engage with professors, renowned professionals and peers from around the world. A close collaboration between the Graduate Institute and its partners provides the participants with the best expertise from universities, bilateral agencies, NGOs, public administrations and international organisations. Each year, the programme welcomes a high number of guest speakers from all sectors in addition to our core faculty. It also emphasises peer-to-peer learning and offers multiple spaces for discussion and exchange between participants and alumnae-i.



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core faculty

  • Margaux Pinaud- Programme Academic Coordinator (CCDP)

  • Duygu Sever Mehmetoglu - Post-Doctoral Researcher (HBKU)

  • Alexandre Freire Dormeier - Programme Director (IHEID)

  • Keith Krause - Director, Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP)

  • Sultan Barakat - Professor of Public Policy (HBKU)

  • Claudia Seymour - Senior Researcher, Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP)

  • Oliver Jütersonke - Fellow, Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP)

  • Cristina Hoyos - Head of the Latin America and Caribbean Unit, Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF)



  • Bruno Medroa - Programme Manager (IHEID)

  • Stéphanie Roy Michael - Promotion & Community Officer (IHEID)

  • Claire Francioli - Programme Assistant (IHEID)

  • Brianna Elder - Student Researcher (CCDP)

Our Community

DPP Community

Join an impressive and diverse community of 20'000+ Graduate Institute alumnae-i, 110 nationalities for Executive Education alumnae-i alone, and 1000+ DPP alumnae-i in more than 80 countries, coming from all sectors and backgrounds!

DPP community of practice

Dissemination of professional theses

The DPP programme seeks to contribute to the dissemination and promotion of the professional theses among actors involved in development and international cooperation. These theses are listed by country and by topic.

If you want to receive one or the other of these theses, please contact Stéphanie Roy Michael.

Professional theses - by country:


Professional theses - by topic:


Outcomes 2012 - 2021

Arian Abdul Wassay


arian Abdul wassay '19

General Director of Planning and Evaluation, Ministry of Education, Afghanistan

"The programme has perfectly met my expectations. It taught me how to consider aspects of conflict and fragility in the Educational Planning and Management in Afghanistan. We have got acquainted with analytical tools and carried out a professional thesis with coherent arguments.

The findings and recommendations of my professional thesis have served as a baseline study of the Ministry of Education strategy for the expansion of private schools in the country."

Abdykalykova Gulnara


Gulnara Abdykalykova '19

Director, Central Asian Institute of Sustainable Development, Kyrgyz Republic

"The DPP programme is an excellent Executive Education program that meets the continuous education needs of working professionals from different fields of development. I expanded my horizons to keep myself updated about the current development context focusing on conflict and fragility aspects. I acquired research skills to see the development topic through the lens of social sciences.

After the programme, I have founded the Central Asian Institute of Sustainable Development to apply DPP theoretical knowledge in the Central Asian development context. My professional thesis topic on sustainable management of pastures under collaborative governance will certainly be taken further with national, regional and international partners."

Omaro Kane



Sustainability Project Coordinator, Private Sector, Ivory Coast

"I work for a multinational company that implements important development programmes, notably in the communities where it operates and gets its supplies. Familiar with these programmes in rural areas for almost 10 years, I have decided to join this Executive Master to strengthen my analytical and leadership capacities in development policies and practices.

The variety of case studies, the immersions at the heart of projects and institutions in Osh / Kyrgyzstan and in Geneva, combined with the interactions between peers, professors and experts of the Institute made it a unique experience for me. I was able to step outside my comfort zone in choosing the subject of my thesis, consisting in the contribution of the private sector to youth employment projects in Ivory Coast.

Thanks to this programme, I have acquired a know-how that enables me to better articulate global initiatives to the local context, with a more strategic perspective."

Yasser Alemad


Yasser alemad '19

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen

"I disseminated the recommendations of my DPP professional thesis in Yemen, which led to the development of more services for people with disabilities in the country. Moreover, thanks to this degree, I was granted the 'international staff' status by ICRC."

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Week 31
29 Jul - 04 Aug

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Module 1
22 July to 2 Aug. 2024 (online); 25 Aug. to 12 Sept. 2024 (Doha)

Module 2
Sept. to Nov. (e-learning); Aug. to Dec. 2024 (Professional Thesis) - Diploma only

Module 3
15 to 31 Jan. 2025 - Diploma only


Certificate: CHF 8'500
Diploma: CHF 3'500 to 25'000
(according to country of origin)

Fees include logistics, except for travel to Module 1


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Module 1
in Doha, Qatar & online

Module 2
at workplace with e-learning

Module 3
in Geneva



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Our open enrolment programmes can be adapted to fit the needs of your organisation.

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