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Summer School on Development Policy

Summer School on Development Policy

University of Bonn

Bonn, July 30 to August 10, 2018

Hauptgebäude + Rhein

The University of Bonn invites graduate and postgraduate students as well as young professionals from any field of study or discipline to a Summer School on Development Policy in Bonn. 

The program is organized in cooperation with the German Development Insitute / Deutsches Insitut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The Summer School on Development Policy will take place from July 30 to August 10, 2018. 

The program offers:

  • classes that cover the main areas of development policy
  • guest lectures on selected issues of development policy
  • excursions (for example to governmental institutions and development organizations)

The Summer School is open to 30 participants. The program is conducted in English.   


The Summer School introduces students to the main areas of development policy and examines important development policy issues. The students will be able to discuss development policy issues with professionals from international organizations, governmental institutions, development organizations, research institutions, and the University of Bonn. 

The Summer School aims at providing graduate and postgraduate students as well as young professionals with insight into the field of development policy.



The classes cover the main areas of development policy. 

They encompass thirteen modules:

  • Module 1 Introduction to Development Policy
  • Module 2 German Development Policy
  • Module 3 European Development Policy
  • Module 4 Good Governance and Human Rights
  • Module 5  International Development Policy
  • Module 6 Financing of Development Policy
  • Module 7 Education
  • Module 8 Introduction to Development Economics
  • Module 9 Environment Protection and Climate Change
  • Module 10 Health
  • Module 11 Critical Development Theory and Research
  • Module 12 Food and Nutrition Security
  • Module 13 Challenges in Development Policy


Guest Lectures

In addition to classes, the program offers guest lectures on selected issues of development policy.



Furthermore, the program includes various excursions:

Instructors and Guest Lecturers

The instructors and guest lecturers are experts from international organizations, governmental institutions, development organizations, research institutions, and the University of Bonn.

Dr. Tomabu Adjobimey
Universitätsklinikum Bonn

Dr. Kathrin Berensmann
German Development Institute 

Dr. Christian Böber
Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

Prof. Dr. Jörg Faust
Deutsches Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit

Dr. Claudia Gebauer
Geographisches Institut der Universität Bonn

Dr. Christine Hackenesch
German Development Institute 

Mr. Friedel Hütz-Adams
Südwind Institut für Ökonomie und Ökumene

Ms. Anke Kurat
VENRO - Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid NGOs e.V.

Prof. Moses Oketch
University College London

Prof. Dr. Roland Roesch 
International Renewable Energy Agengy (IRENA)

Dr. Markus Rudolf 
BICC - Bonn International Center for Conversion 

Mr. Daniel Rupp 
Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V.

Dr. Irene Schöfberger
German Development Institute 

Dr. Julia Schöneberg
Universität Kassel

Dr. Benjamin Schraven
German Development Institute


Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to register for the Summer School, you must fulfill the requirements given below:

  • You are a graduate or postgraduate student or a young professional from any field of study or discipline.
  • You are proficient in English (prior knowledge of German is not a prerequisite). 


Applicants who wish to participate in the Summer School must apply by April 6, 2018. The selected participants will be notified within one week after the registration deadline.

Applicants should send us the following documents (written in English):

  • signed application form
  • résumé / curriculum vitae 
  • letter of motivation that illustrates why you wish to participate in the Summer School and what you hope to gain from your participation. 

Please send the documents 

  • via email to: developmentpolicy-summerschoo(at)uni-bonn.de


  • via mail to: University of Bonn, International Office, Ms. Monique Trachsel, Poppelsdorfer Allee 102, 53115 Bonn, Germany


A very limited number of grants will be awarded by the University of Bonn to excellent Summer School applicants. Only students can apply for a grant. The grants will consist of partial or full participation fee exemption. Participants will be still responsible for financing housing and meals by themselves, though. 

Please indicate on the application form if you wish to apply for a grant. It is also necessary to indicate in the application if you will uphold your registration and pay the participation fee in case that your application for the grant cannot be considered. 

Applicants for the grant should send us, in addition to the application, a second letter of motivation that explains why a grant should be awarded and illustrates the expected benefits of the grant for the Summer School (500 words), a recommendation letter from a professor of the applicant’s university, and a copy of the applicant’s transcript of records.

Please also consider exploring other sources of financial aid. Your home institution might be able to advise you on financial aid possibilities.  

Certificate of Attendance / ECTS Credits

At the last day of the Summer School, every participant who regularly attended the program will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

If you are interested in obtaining ECTS credits, you can gain

  • 2 ECTS credits (equivalent to 1 U.S. credit) by regularly attending the Summer School 


  • 6 ECTS credits (equivalent to 3 U.S. credits) by regularly attending the Summer School and submitting a paper of about 6.000-6.500 words to developmentpolicy-summerschool(at)uni-bonn.de up to 4 weeks after the end of the Summer School. The submission deadline is September 7, 2018. The topic of the paper has to be determined in consultation with the Summer School Coordinator. 

Please note that the University of Bonn can only recommend that the home institutions award participants with 2 / 6 ECTS credits (equivalent to 1 / 3 U.S. credits). Participants who wish to receive the ECTS credits will have to contact either their study abroad office or the office in their university that deals with external credit. It is up to the home institutions of the participants as to how much credit they award. Of course, we will gladly advise them and, if need be, provide them with the Summer School syllabus and graded paper.  


The Summer School is unfortunately not able to provide housing in Bonn. 

If you are however interested in obtaining a list of accommodation possibilities, please write an email to developmentpolicy-summerschool(at)uni-bonn.de.

Please also note that housing in Bonn is in high demand. Thus, we recommend beginning the search for housing possibilities as soon as you are accepted into the Summer School.

Insurances, Liablility and Applicable Law

Any participant of the Summer School must have insurance covering health, accident and personal liability risks. The Summer School is not able to provide health, accident and liability insurance. It is the responsibility of the participants to take care of such insurance coverage. The University of Bonn´s liability for any damage occurring during the program (including excursions, social activities, leisure programs etc.) is limited to the extent legally possible. The applicable law for the implementation of the program is German law.


Please indicate in the application form if you need an official letter from the University of Bonn confirming your admission to the Summer School in order to apply for a visa. The letter will be sent with the admission notification.

Please also note that all visa procedures remain in the responsibility of the participants and must be taken care of in due time. 


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions: developmentpolicy-summerschool(at)uni-bonn.de

Former Participants' Feedback 

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