International Aid & Development

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You have to pre-register to participate in this minor. Places for minors that have pre-registration with a waiting list are awarded based on a draw. Pay attention to the deadlines of the draw. Read more about the deadlines on the page Deadlines pre-registration minors.

The International Aid & Development minor focuses on preparing students for work in developing countries. In view of the great cultural, social and socio-economic differences, living and working in such countries requires thorough professional and personal preparation. This minor provides this kind of preparation. Multi-disciplinary teamwork is key in the projects that are central to this programme. Please note that 6-8 weeks of projectwork abroad (in developing countries) is mandatory for which an extra budget of approximately €2000 is required to cover the expenses. 

During the first half of the semester, you will choose and prepare for the project within a small team. You will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills during inclass sessions. 

During the second half of the semester, you will be part of a Hanze student team and contribute to a development project abroad. Past projects have been in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Myanmar, India, Philippines, Kenya, Gabon and Murmansk.

If you are looking for a minor that will enlarge your worldview, force you to think critically about a wide-range of issues, allow you to have a life-changing overseas experience and give you friendships for life, then this is the course for you!

"We chose this minor because we thought it sounded really interesting, and it was a good match with our study and future ambitions. The minor is slightly more expensive than other minors, but we thought it was definitely worth the investment. This minor could change your career path."

- Bibi Bronfers & Dianne van der Craats

Project in Cambodia

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International Project management 

This is an introductory course on project management. Its objectives are: 

  1. To familiarize you with the theoretical basis of project-based work approaches. 
  2. To enable you to have a better understanding of project management method in relation to large, medium-sized and small development projects. 
  3. To prepare you for future job situations so that they can contribute confidently and effectively when working on projects or managing project teams.



Capita Selecta 

 In this course you will grasp the contents on a series of development related subjects (capita selecta). You will describe the essentials of these subjects in a condensed way on paper and in presentation and evaluate the offered capita-activities. For the coming year the following items are suggested, but are subject to change: Human trafficking and slavery, water supply, does foreign aid really work?, (UN) peacekeeping, environmental education, Médicins sans Frontiers, Chinese or western development aid?, security issues, asylum seekers.


Introduction to Development Theory 

You will learn to analyzes and understand the international development world and how socioeconomic development is influenced by international policies. The course will focus on topics such as: 

  • What is development? The concept of development and different approaches; - The MDG's and latest developments; 
  • Growth and stagnation: Theories and experiences; 
  • Technology and Development 
  • Population and Development 
  • Health, health care and Development 
  • Education and Development 
  • Economic Development: Industrial 
  • Agriculture and Rural Development 
  • The Cultural Dimension of Development 
  • The International economic & political order since 1945 and new developments and insights (trade & regulations, structural adjustment etc.) 
  • International AID & Development (perspectives on the effectiveness of IAD and forms of support; financial/technical/organizational capacity building etc.) 
  • Mapping: multi- and bilateral International Development Aid Organizations, the world of International and National NGO's and Civil Society Organizations, and the role of the private sector) and opportunities for a professional career in IAD.



Intercultural Competence 

Internationally operating organisations experience the impact of culture on their businesses and services. The ability to acknowledge and overcome differences in values is considered to be a key factor for success in international collaboration. Ignoring of denying different perspectives and values in life and work, can lead to failure and conflict. The same goes for Aid and Development Organisations. How to communicate and work with people from different cultural backgrounds? In the module Intercultural competence we explore, train and reflect on: Intercultural sensitivity: Recognizing multiple perspectives on an event or behaviour, Recognizing one's own cultural values and those of others, picking up verbal and non verbal signals. Intercultural communication: Adjusting one's communication style to the communicative needs of people from other cultures. Managing uncertainty: Managing possible uncertainties in intercultural situations. The course will focus on topics such as: 

  • Culture and Communication 
  • (Mindful) Intercultural Communication 
  • Language and Perception 
  • Verbal and Non-verbal Communication 
  • Communication styles 
  • Assumptions, Values, Beliefs 
  • Dimensions of culture in behaviour 
  • Layers of culture 
  • Culture shock 
  • The growth process in Intercultural Sensitivity 
  • Dimensions of specific cultures (depending on the projects at stake: African, Indian, South East Asian or South American cultures) 
  • Code of conduct for the international development worker



Facilitation Skills 

You will design and facilitate participatory research, planning and decision making processes in International Development Projects. You will creates and sustain a participatory environment in an intercultural setting. The course will focus on topics such as: 

  • Adult learning principles 
  • Principles and levels of participation 
  • Participatory stakeholders' identification / analysis 
  • Participatory research 
  • Participatory planning 
  • Participatory decision making 
  • Facilitation skills and tools -Design and facilitation of learning processes /workshops
  • Reporting of participatory processes



During the second half of the semester, you will be part of a student team and as such contribute to a development project abroad in a developing country.



Jonathan Tipping

(050) 595 71 48          

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