International Processes and Development


This thematic area focuses on international development with the purpose of generating knowledge on key issues relevant to African development. For students undertaking units in this thematic area, the goal is to enhance their ability to relate key issues in teh area of international development to African development.


Head of Thematic Area:

Prof. Ngethe Njuguna:


Members of Thematic Area:











  • Dr. Radha Upadhyaya









On-going projects

  1. Elections and Management of Diversity in Africa
  2. Rethinking Social Movements in East Africa
  3. Afrobarometer Surveys
  4. Broadcast Media, ICT-generated Public Opinion and Political Accountability in Africa


Past Projects:

  1. Fragile States Study
  2. Aid, Governance and Development in Africa
  3. Adjusting to the Chinese Ascendancy in the Clothing Industry
  4. The Development Cooperation and Violent Conflict in Africa
  5. Adjusting to Chinese Ascendancy in the Global Clothing Industry. (2010-2012)
  6. The Non Profit Study
  7. Donor Proliferation Study
  8. The Development Cooperation & Violent Conflict in Africa Study
  9. Post-Referendum Opinion Study


Degree Programmes:

Master of Arts in Development Studies


Course Units:

CDS 631:  Issues In International Development

CDS 632:  Global Institutions And Development

CDS 633:  Politics Of Alternative Development Strategies

CDS 634:  Development And Regional Integration

CDS 635:  Political Economy Of International Commodity Markets

CDS 501:  Development Management Theory

CDS 502:  Development Management Practice

CDS 503:  Research Foundations

CDS 504:  Research Methods And Computer Applications


Possible Career Opportunities:

  1. Program Officer/Manager
  2. Monitoring and Evaluation Expert
  3. Development Advisor
  4. Academic Profession
  5. Consultant
  6. Provincial Administration


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