Vision and Aim

Promote and favour a network of higher and post graduate education initiatives in cooperation and development in order to train youngsters and professionals on economics and human development issues. The Master Programs in Cooperation and Development aims at providing its participants, coming from different social backgrounds and with particular attention to the gender issue, either with academic and practical knowledge to properly face development issues at local and global level. The training initiatives developed in different countries have, beside a common approach, their own specificities, trying to meet the needs of local and regional geographical and socio-political contexts, tackling and deepening the main issues of concern in the field of development related to the different areas of reference.

Nowadays The Master Programs in Cooperation and Development are based in:

Epistemological Framework

The Program is rooted in development economics and human development disciplines providing students with a wide knowledge of the range of economic, social, cultural visions governing the development processes throughout the world.

Multi-disciplinary Added Value

Multidisciplinary in its nature, our approach fits with complex challenges of sustainable human development. The CDN Program provides strong academic knowledge across a range of disciplines such as economics, social and human development sciences, human rights along with rigorous practical field training experiencing development policies and practices.

Multi-institutional Approach

The strong collaboration between University and NGOs, along with a strong involvement of International Organizations, represents the core value of the Program and allows offering a complete and cross-disciplinary vision which emphasises the critical knowledge, skills and attributes of an effective professional in developing societies. The process of forming highly qualified, strongly motivated and ethically oriented  professionals is characterized by local ownership involving local institutions and civil society.


CDN Network, was recently nominated and accepted to be a part of the prestigious UNITWIN -UNESCO network called “Culture, Tourism, and Development”.

The UNITWIN Programme was launched in 1992 and operates through the establishment of UNESCO Chairs, and UNESCO university networks which are also designated as UNITWIN projects.

This programme serves as a prime means of capacity building through the exchange of knowledge and sharing in a spirit of solidarity.

Thus it promotes North-South and South-South cooperation as a strategy to enrich institutions (Universities, research institutes) and field actors.

The UNITWIN – UNESCO network “Culture, Tourism, Development” was founded in 2002 by the UNESCO Chair “Culture, Tourism, Development” from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and is made up of about 30 universities through the world.

Network Partners


The University of Pavia
The University of Pavia is one of the oldest universities in Europe. Characterized by a multidisciplinary vocation and by the hospitality of its campus. It defines itself as a Research University, offering wide academic curriculum and an outstanding quality of research.

Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia – IUSS

Following an agreement between the italian Ministry of Higher Education and the University of Pavia in 1997 the IUSS, the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia was founded with the aim of introducing advanced programs following an interdisciplinary approach, at undergraduate and graduates levels.

Almo Collegio Borromeo, Pavia

The Almo Collegio Borromeo is a private university in Pavia, region of Lombardy, Italy. It is recognized by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research as a “highly qualified Cultural Institute” and is the oldest such institution in Italy.

University of Bethlehem (Palestine)

Bethlehem University of the Holy Land is a Catholic Christian co-educational institution of higher learning founded in 1973 in the Lasallian tradition whose mission includes also to provide quality higher education in the field of cooperation and development and to serve the Palestinian People in its role as a center for the advancement, sharing and use of knowledge.

Universidad de San Buenaventura, Cartagena de Indias (Colombia)

The  University of San Buenaventura is based in Bogotá and has branches in Cali, Medellín and Cartagena. The University of San Buenaventura is a catholic, Franciscan University institution which develops scientific knowledge centred in human development.

Mid Western University, Birendranagar (Nepal)

Located in Birendranagar, in the very heart of the Mid-Western Region (MWR), the University has a special mission to promote the overall advancement of this region by providing the community with quality higher education and promoting a culture of teaching, scholarship and research. By catering to the higher education needs of the youth in the region, the University aims at serving as a means of development for the whole Mid-Western Development Region and bringing about a significant change on the education system of the largest geographical region of the country.

Kenyatta University, Nairobi (Kenya)

Kenyatta University is based in Nairobi and reached the University status in 1985. The University offers nowadays a number of different faculties and constituent colleges.


CISP – Development of peoples 

The International Committee for the Development of Peoples, is a European Non-Governmental Organization formally established in 1983. CISP acts in the international cooperation field and in the fight against social exclusion. CISP carries out development, rehabilitation and humanitarian programmes as well as projects of applied research in about 30 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Eastern Europe. In all its activities, CISP works in close cooperation with the various local partners.

COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale

COOPI (International Cooperation) is a independent non-governmental organization, founded in Italy, committed to fighting against social injustice and poverty in the global South and to building a future that guarantees everyone adequate living conditions, equal opportunities and respect of their rights. Since 1965 COOPI has carried out more than 700 development projects and emergency interventions in 50 countries in co-operation with more than 50,000 local workers, this ensuring direct benefit to more than 60 million people.

VIS – Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo 

VIS (Volunteers for International Development) is a non-profit NGO (Non Governmental Organisation), which is committed to carry out several activities in the field of co-operation for development. VIS was legally founded in 1986 and is a non-religious organisation that stands independently beside the traditional commitment of the Salesians and of all those people who are inspired by the charisma of Don Bosco in their work of co-operation with the poor countries.

Master Program in Cooperation and Development: Core Curriculum

Each Master Program has a core curriculum that integrates substantive knowledge spanning the disciplines of

  • Economics and Development Economics
  • Human Development and current trends
  • Project design and management
  • Field training

Courses are integrated by presentations, seminars and conferences organized together with the partner organizations. All events are always open to interaction and dialogue, for it is through active participation that long lasting results are achieved.

Beside this, each Master Program in Cooperation and Development has its own specificity, trying to meet the needs of local geographical and socio-political contexts, tackling and deepening the main issues of concern in the field of development related to the different areas of reference. For specific courses of each Master program, please visit the respective website page:

Theory and Practice

Internships ending the Program are provided by NGOs, International Organizations, Governmental Institutions, local authorities. During the field training students must write a thesis linked to their experiences or to a research topic of their interest. After the defense of the thesis, students are awarded a Master Diploma delivered by the local University.

Doing this Together

Courses are integrated by presentations, seminars and conferences organized together with the partner organizations. All events are always open to interaction and dialogue, believing that only through active participation long lasting results are achieved. Beside this, each Master Program in Cooperation and Development has its own specificity and adapts to the local needs and development priorities. Being higher education considered a public good, providing scholarships to students with economic constraints, especially the ones coming from least developing countries, is a priority.

International Research

CDN is part of a wider network of institutions dealing with development topics:

Human Development and Capabilities Association (HDCA)

Economic Growth and Policy-Making for Development (joint research program with the University of Siena in Italy, and the Universities of Bethlehem, Bir Zeit and An-Najah in Palestine)


The CDN is an active member of EADI – European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes ). EADI is an independent and non-profit making international non-governmental organization whose main purpose is to promote development research and training activities in economic, social, cultural, technological, institutional and environmental areas. The CDN is particularly involved in providing training in development or specific area studies.

Facts and Figures

  • More than 1300 students obtained the Cooperation and Development Master Degree over the Network since 1997
  • Interdisciplinary approach characterizes the core common curriculum
  • Students mobility within the Network is strongly encouraged. Over the last 3 years, minimum 10{8953c406422e5387f1e82c0b045285b790dec7f5a81523ca8c93cbcc0380b207} of the teaching staff is shared over the Masters
  • Global classrooms are given all throughout the Network

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