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AMID Masterclass International Development

“I have seen first-hand how the Masterclasses have enabled a collective learning and exchange process in my team. This has resulted in a valuable critical look at our role and the roles played by others."
Frank Aalderinks, Head of philanthropy at ABN AMRO, MeesPierson
Participants scored AMID Masterclasses with a 8.6!

AMID Masterclasses: Learn all about the key issues in international development

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What are the key debates in international development? What makes organizations impactful? How can we work towards more equal partnerships? In a series of 9 meetings, you’ll learn all about these and other key issues in international development. AMID Masterclasses offers the latest academic knowledge and insights relevant to development professionals. You’ll be stimulated to apply these to your own daily practice whilst sharing experiences with professionals from different backgrounds. The focus in each masterclass is on interaction and in-depth discussion with an academic expert and fellow participants.

Willem Elbers is the program leader of AMID Masterclasses International Development and deputy program director of AMID. He is committed to building a bridge between science and practice in the field of international cooperation and works together with various organizations. He is convinced that knowledge is the foundation for improvement and innovation in international cooperation.

About AMID

AMID Masterclasses International Development is part of AMID, the training institute of Radboud University that focuses on international cooperation and the Sustainable Development Goals. AMID also offers a programme for Young Professionals, a Community Building programme and a Leadership Programme.

What will you get out of Masterclasses?

  • You’ll gain an understanding of the latest scientific knowledge on cross-cutting themes in international development
  • You’ll learn about how development actors from the global South and North view and understand each other
  • You’ll learn about how different types of actors (e.g. NGOs, foundations, governments) think and work
  • You’ll become inspired to put what you’ve learned into practice in your organization
  • You’ll connect to new people and expand your network

The series is for

Do you have a HBO, bachelor or master diploma and some (voluntary) work experience? And you are a:

  • Development professional working for policy, programme, communication or fundraising departments
  • Newcomer in the sector
  • Manager, director of board member

Then AMID Masterclasses might be the perfect fit for you.

For which type of organisation?

  • NGOs
  • Governmental agencies working on the SDGs
  • Philanthropic foundations (e.g. company foundations, family foundations)
  • Citizen initiatives working on development
  • Consultancy organizations working on development
  • Charity desks from banks

AMID Masterclasses International Development enhances the effectiveness of organizations by capacity strengthening and professionalization. By participating with several colleagues from your organizations you’ll build a shared understanding of challenges and solutions.

Study load

In a period of about five months you learn in 9 online meetings all about the key issues in international development. Besides the meetings the digital learning environment offers you articles, short movies and assignments. The total study load is about 40 hours. You can attend the first and last masterclass at Radboud University. 

Overview of masterclasses

  1. The Partnership Paradox: Shifting the Power - dr. Willem Elbers (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
  2. The Development Dance: How Donors and Recipients Negotiate the Delivery of Foreign Aid - dr. Haley Swedlund (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
  3. International Development: Playing Field, Purpose and Rules of the Game - prof. dr. Sara Kinsbergen (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
  4. Social Movements, Activism and Advocacy in the Global South – A view from South Africa – dr. Shauna Mottiar (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
  5. Corruption and Ethics in International Development - prof. dr. Jonathan Makuwira (Malawi University of Science and Technology, Malawi)
  6. Can African Resources Replace External Funding for African Civil Society? - prof. dr. Alan Fowler (Wits Business School, South Africa)
  7. The Impact and Evidence Revolution: Time for a Pushback? - dr. Luuk van Kempen (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
  8. Epistemic Injustice in International Development: Relevance, Perspective and Actions - dr. Sarah Cummings (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
  9. The Relevance of Development Aid in Perspective: Message for the Future - dr. Lau Schulpen (Radboud University, The Netherlands)


If you would like to hear from one of our former participants what you could gain from the masterclasses, read the story of Martha Mwangi, Programme Manager, iMPACT direct.


Start Dates

maart 21, 2024
Trainer: dr. Willem Elbers & experts
Price: € 2.475,00
Location: Radboud University Nijmegen | Online
Place: Nijmegen


21 March, 4, 18  and 25 April, 16 and 23 May, 6 and 20 June , 4 July 2024 from 18.00-20.30hrs CET (from April  4th '24 CEST)

Discounted price

€ 2.230,00 for Radboud alumni
Substantial discount available for those working at an organization located in the Global South.
If multiple colleagues from an organisation are participating in the AMID programmes, then we also have discount options available.
For more information please contact the programme coordinator