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AMID Masterclasses 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

1 September 2022
18.00-20.30 uur
Online & Social Impact Factory Utrecht
dr. Willem Elbers & experts
€ 2.230,00
Kosten Alumni: 
€ 2.010,00
Participants scored AMID Masterclasses with a 9.4!

Learn all about the key issues in international development

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. Each masterclass is taught by an academic expert to ensure interaction and in-depth discussion.

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.


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 and a Community Building 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 are you 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.


The costs of AMID Masterclasses are € 2.230,00. Alumni get a discount of 10%.

Study load

In a period of about five months you learn in 9 (mostly 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.


AMID Masterclasses consists of nine online meetings in Zoom and is scheduled on: 

  • Autumn edition: 1, 15 and 29 September, 13 and 27 October, 17 and 24 November, 8 and 15 December 2022 from 18.00-20.30.

For participants based in the Netherlands, the first and last meeting are face-to-face (assuming this is allowed by the prevailing regulation concerning Covid-19). Prior to these  face-2-face meetings we offer a dinner. We’ll end these meetings with drinks. The face-to-face meetings take place at the Social Impact Factory in Utrecht (near Central Station Utrecht).

Overview of masterclasses*

  1. International Development: playing field, purpose and rules of the game - dr. Sara Kinsbergen (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
  2. Sustainable Development Goals: Breakthrough or compromise? - lecturer to be established
  3. The Development Dance: How Donors and Recipients Negotiate the Delivery of Foreign Aid - dr. Haley Swedlund (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
  4. The Partnership Paradox: Shifting the power - dr. Willem Elbers (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
  5. Can African Resources Replace External Funding for African Civil Society? - prof. dr. Alan Fowler (Wits Business School, South Africa)
  6. Corruption and ethics in International Development - prof. dr. Jonathan Makuwira (Malawi University of Science and Technology, Malawi)
  7. Impact: How credible are our claims? - dr. Luuk van Kempen (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
  8. Social Movements, Activism and Advocacy in the Global South – A view from South Africa – dr. Shauna Mottiar (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
  9. International development: Lots of results, but hardly relevant? - dr. Lau Schulpen (Radboud University, The Netherlands)

* Under construction. Changes in the final program may be possible.