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Capacity development and training

IDEP Training courses and programmes

Capacity development and training have been a critical and central component of the work at IDEP from the time of its establishment. Indeed, it is at the heart of the Institute’s mandate and mission. It is a function which the Institute has carried out over the years with a strong emphasis on senior and middle level career officials drawn mainly from the executive arm of governments across the continent. Most of the training programmes offered at the Institute are anchored around economic management and development planning, including those policy analysis, development planning, sectorial policies, revenue mobilization, budgeting, gender equality, environmental sustainability, employment creation, regulatory oversight, trade relations and negotiations. IDEP has an existing reputation for the agendasetting and innovative policy research which it undertook or facilitated on various aspects of the development challenges facing the countries of Africa during the 1960s into the 1970s. In the course of the 1980s and 1990s, in the context of the economic crises confronting African countries, the Institute devoted the bulk of its attention to undertaking advisory services as requested by African governments and expanding its capacity development and training activities. The changing context and agenda of global and local development call for the generation of new policy knowledges for which the revival of development research at or under the auspices of IDEP has to be a key component.

Core short courses

The core courses are those that focus primarily on the fundamentals of economic policy-making, economic management, and development planning that are at the heart of the IDEP mandate. Although the primary targets for these type of courses are public sector officials, consideration is also given to any interested participant from the organized private sector, African parliaments, and civil society.

Masters degree programme

This IDEP & University of Johannesburg MPhil in Industrial Policy programme is the flagship activity of the Institute’s capacity development and training programme.

Non-core & tailor-made courses

IDEP receives specific requests from African Member States for tailor-made capacity development and training courses that contribute to the realization of development visions and processes that are locally-owned, autonomously conceived and nationally-led by member states.

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