As part of the Master in Development Studies, students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of skills workshop facilitated by industry experts to help them acquire or enhance professional skills necessary for a career in development.  

Rolf Olsen | CEO Leidar introduces to his workshop 'Crisis Communication'.

Skills workshops are interactive teaching modules that put students into real-world professional situations. Each workshop is worth 3 credits.   


WORKSHOPS spring 2020

Workshop schedule Spring 2020

Workshop Instructors

Crisis Communication

Rolf Olsen

Working in an international affairs position today, one needs to be prepared for crisis situations. We live in a society where we face increased volatility, be it because of conflictual settings, vulnerable economies or as a result of climate change.
Rolf Olsen
On the importance of crisis management today.

Personal Presence and Business Storytelling

Matthias Anderegg

People have to feel 'this is you'. It is not a presentation, rather a conversation with a few people. Keep the language simple and straightforward, and address the audience. Don't just talk to an anonymous body.
Matthias Anderegg
On developing personal presence to achieve engaging public appearances.

Evaluation of Development Projects

Matteo Guidotti



I think a training in development studies is not credible without understanding what the key issues raised by an evaluation are. In addition, evaluation is one pillar of the Project Cycle Management. To have the proper tools to design, implement and measure the effects of a development initiative,  you must also have a clear understanding of how to conduct an evolution, from the theoretical, practical and field work perspectives. This is the main aim of this workshop.”

Matteo Guidotti
On what the workshop provides for its participants.


Negotiation Techniques for Cooperation and Development Practitioners

Robert Weibel


Negotiation is not rocket science. It is however fantastically endowed with the potential to “do good” when prepared, managed, conducted in a humanistic, respectful and skilful manner tailored to each negotiation encounter. Just having “winning” arguments is insufficient: much more is at play, needs to be discovered and constituencies are watchful and apprehensive. So who wants to negotiate?

On the multifaceted nature of negotiation.

Big Data Analysis

Karsten Donnay round

We are in the middle of a data revolution and it is essential for students to understand what big data are and what they are not. This course provides a first, conceptual introduction to the topic and is an essential first step for anyone interested in delving deeper into the topic.

Karsten Donnay
On the importance of big data today. 

Writing for the Profession

Cecilia Cannon

The multitude of actors engaged in international affairs today produces a cacophony of voices, positions, demands, and priorities. In this workshop students learn how to prepare a policy brief and a two-minute statement that will cut through the noise, and help them reach their target audience(s) and policy objectives.


Cecilia Cannon
On the need to produce clear and concise written policy communications.