Executive Certificate

Certificate in Managing International Cooperation and Development

Responding to international crises and preventing conflicts, building state capacity, tackling challenges of public financial management in emerging markets, promoting human rights and initiating social innovation – these global challenges can only be tackled if the international community works together, and if government actors, international, business and civil society organisations join forces.

This certificate is designed for professionals working in the field of international cooperation and development or wanting to take a more active role. The programme addresses key obstacles, looks at governance challenges, critically reflects on the contributions of different actors involved, and highlights possible tools and concepts for advancing international cooperation and development in various fields and sectors.

Professionals choose from a variety of courses and trainings, thus strengthening their portfolio according to their own individual interests and needs. They work on case studies, discuss experiences with peers from other institutions, countries and sectors, and in the process gain valuable insights and perspectives.

Participants will increase the efficiency of their operational and programming work and become part of a truly international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary network of practitioners and policy-makers.

This certificate includes:

Three of the following seminars*

  • Politics of reform of international organisations (24-26 Nov 16)
  • Social innovation (28-30 Nov 16)
  • Conflict prevention and crisis management - Selected case studies in international negotiations (6-8 March 17)
  • Public financial management: Challenges in emerging market contexts (30 March - 1 April 17)
  • Good governance and anti-corruption (22-24 May 17)
  • Organisational strategies and sustainable development (not offered in 16/17)
  • The security-development nexus (not offered in 16/17)
  • Tools for evaluating public policies (not offered in 16/17)
  • Development policies (not offered in 16/17)

One of the following skills trainings*

*Participants make their choice.

Target group

Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)


  • Higher education degree
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience (average is ten years)
  • Good knowledge of English


  • Three seminars and one skills training, amounting to a total of 11-12 days
  • Additional time for the preparation of the seminars, as well as for the follow-up assignments
  • 11 ECTS credits are acquired

Seminar fee

 € 6,760

 € 6,900 if certificate programme includes a Workshop

Certificate fees are exempted from tax according to Value Added Tax Act (UStG) §4 Nr. 21a. In Germany and many other countries, tuition fees for continuing education programmes are also fully tax-deductible as professional training expenses. 

Certificate fee includes (unless otherwise indicated): 

Attendance, online access to course literature before the seminars, materials during the seminars, beverages in the Hertie School of Governance cafeteria (open on weekdays), correction and rating of assignments, and a final certificate after full and successful attendance (11 ECTS credits are acquired). Participants of the certificate programme must complete the certificate within two years. Most courses take place on an annual basis. All seminars take place at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, workshops take place in London or Brussels.

Terms and Conditions


Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. Admission is subject to availability.