Conflict and Fragility Management
Thematic DPP

Crafting skills to make development work in fragile contexts

Latest iteration of the internationally recognized Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices (DPP), the DPP in Conflict and Fragility Management helps professionals design and implement sound and sustainable development policies in conflict-affected or fragile regions.

Delivered in collaboration with the Graduate Institute's Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) and the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek/Kyrgyzstan, it provides strategic analysis tools in fragile settings and enhances the communication and leadership capacity of participants who apply newly-acquired skills through a professional thesis at work.


Key elements

  • Blends exposure to diverse global practices on conflict and fragility issues
  • Job-related thesis project to enhance your organisation’s effectiveness
  • Instruction from both regional experts and international faculty from Switzerland
  • Take advantage of exposure to Geneva-based international organisations
  • Graduates form a worldwide network of like-minded professionals

Who is the programme for

Working professionals at mid-career to senior career level, who hold or aspire to leadership positions in governments, international organisations and NGOs, as well as those in private sector seeking relevant skills and exposure.



6 months, from July/August 2018 to February 2019

  • Module 1: 5 intensive weeks (full-time) in our regional hub in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Module 2 (Executive Master only): 4 months of applied practice (part-time with distance learning) at your place of work
  • Module 3 (Executive Master only:) 3 weeks (full-time) immersion in Geneva at the Graduate Institute

Application process

  • Online application form
  • Form to be completed by your organisation and to be sent with a short cover letter on headed paper and signed by the contact person (the one who filled the form)
  • Scanned copies of your academic degrees

-> Complete the online application form
-> Download the form for your organisation (Executive Master only)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; candidates will receive an answer within a month after completing the online application (following the interview).

We encourage you to notify us by email of your intention to apply, so that we can guide you through the process. Individual appointments (in person or via skype) can be arranged with the programme director upon request.

Main learning outcomes

  • Enhance your ability to conduct strategic analyses and to undertake day-to-day institutional activities in complex and rapidly changing environments
  • Acquire skills for a systematic consideration of the context, including institutional and societal dynamics
  • Strengthen your leadership and communication capacity to better interact with your team, engage with your partners/interlocutors, and effectively influence debates and discussions
  • Apply new skills and knowledge at work by conducting a job-related thesis, gaining deeper expertise in your field of activity
  • Exchange your experience with peers coming from all over the world and become part of an international network of like-minded professionals



Executive Certificate Degree


  • Earn a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) worth 15 ECTS
  • Join an international peer group coming from various sectors
  • Full immersion of 5 weeks in our regional hub, in a small class setting
  • Access to projects and field visits

Executive Master Degree


  • Earn a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) worth 30 ECTS
  • Strategic skills and tools in conflict and fragility management
  • Deepen your professional expertise
  • Gain a reputable degree in the field of development

Our community

Join an impressive and diverse alumni network of:

Established more than 15 years ago and conducted in cooperation with regional partners in Africa, Latin America, Central & Southeast Asia, the DPP community is charachterized by a high diversity of national origins, professional backgrounds and thematic specializations, making it a unique nexus for exchanges of experience and international networking.

You can read testimonials and statistics on how the DPP is perceived and evaluated by graduates, employers and donors.

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Accreditation & diploma recognition

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies has the full status as an approved degree-granting institution (university-level) by the Swiss Agency for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ), under our French name, Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement (IHEID). The AAQ assures and promotes the quality of teaching and research at universities in Switzerland.

Furthermore, the Executive Education department is quality certified by the Swiss certification label, EduQua.