Executive Seminar

Development policies

Sustainable and inclusive growth in developing countries requires to identify and to address key development obstacles in different sectors and on macroeconomic challenges. The course will examine typical sectorial issues, selecting a few sectors for more in-depth analysis. Sectors reviewed will include agriculture/rural development, education/health and the financial sector. Governance issues will be addressed as an integral part of the sectorial analysis and policy responses. 

The course will further focus on macroeconomic policy issues and provide an introduction into macroeconomic stabilisation policies. The course will have a session of development cooperation policies and development effectiveness and make a presentation on the Chinese Development Model contrasting it with one other major developing country. Participants will be challenged by one simulation exercise where a board decision making process of a multilateral development bank will be simulated for a major power plant investment which has significant detrimental environmental impacts. The simulation exercise will show the tensions between economic growth objectives and poverty alleviation with sustainability objectives.  The simulation exercise will also demonstrate how decision priorities can differ between developing countries, receiving a loan from a multilateral institution, and major shareholders of these institutions providing the financing.

The objectives of the course are to provide an introduction into typical development challenges and how policies can respond to these challenges. It is thus, both, a familiarisation exercise with these typical issues and policy responses and an exemplary exercise in learning on how these challenges can be identified, assessed and how policy responses can be formulated.

The course is directed primarily to participants who already work in public policy areas of developing countries, in development cooperation institutions or have an interest to do so in the future.  By working in-depth in selected policy areas, participants will build competencies in the analysis of sectorial and macroeconomic development challenges and on how to define respective policies.

This course can also be completed as part of the Certificate in Public Financial Management and Methods, the Certificate in Intersectoral Management, or the Certificate in Managing International Cooperation and Development.

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


  • 2.5 days in Berlin, as well as additional time for the preparation of the seminar
  • No follow-up assignment is required

Seminar times

  • Day 1: 11:00 - 20:00
  • Day 2:   9:00 - 18:00
  • Day 3:   9:00 - 16:00

Seminar fee

€ 1,690

Seminar 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.

Seminar fee includes: attendance, online access to course documents, materials during the seminar, beverages in the Hertie School cafeteria (open on weekdays), certificate of attendance. 

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.

Seminar director