As part of the University of Birmingham?s School of Public Policy, the largest academic institution in the UK devoted to public sector policy and management, the International Development Department is uniquely placed to bring together the experiences of high, middle and low income countries, addressing key issues of governance and government reform, public management, civil organisation and participation, poverty reduction, accountability, welfare and security. The Department regularly undertakes contracted work for major bi-lateral and multi-lateral donor agencies, national and regional government agencies and private contractors. It also undertakes a wide range of research programmes funded by research councils in the spheres of governance, public and development management and poverty reduction. The department currently provides the UK Government?s Department for International Development?s Governance Resource Centre, advising on governance issues world-wide, and is playing a major role in the Chronic Poverty Research Centre. The Department offers a range of Masters-level programmes, training and research covering Governance, Public Service Management, Finance, Poverty Reduction, Decentralisation and Development Management. Programmes are designed to equip participants with the skills to meet the professional demands of the 21st century.The programmes draw on field experience of and provide a combination of theory and practical skills. Research degree programmes offer the opportunity to pursue original research an active research environment. The Department is particularly interested in research focussing on central, local and urban governance, poverty reduction, participation and civil society. The Department?s portfolio of intensive Short Study Programmes and tailored training is designed to expose senior development practitioners and professionals to the latest thinking on topical issues, and to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to perform at the highest levels within their professional environment. Each programme combines case studies, field visits and attachments, seminars and high levels of participation and discussion. The courses may be delivered in the UK or elsewhere, and can include a variety embedding advisory and training activities.
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