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Bonn Summer School on Development Policy

From August 1st to August 12th, 2016, Michael Schneider participated in the Bonn Summer School on Development Policy at the University of Bonn, Germany. The summer school consisted mainly of lectures, but also of some excursions. The lectures were divided into different modules presented by staff of the University of Bonn and guest lecturers from different institutes located in Bonn working on development policy.

The modules aimed at giving an overview of different levels of development policy such as the German, European and international governance on development policy and on different areas such as finance, human rights, environmental protection, health, education, food security, poverty reduction and peace-keeping.

Guest lectures were given by experts of the German Development Institute. However, there were also presenters for example from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ). The guest lectures focused for example on the increasing role of China in development policy or on the links between renewable energies and development policy.

Excursions were organized to the United Nations Campus in Bonn, to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), to the German Cooperation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and its Academy for International Cooperation and to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

The summer school gave a very basic introduction into the field of development policy, despite of the proclaimed graduate and post-graduate level. The guest lectures were more mixed: there were very good presenters with very interesting lectures but also rather weak presentations, which had an overlap to other presentations. Moreover more in general, it has to be reflected that it was the first time that the Bonn Summer School on Development Policy took place. The organizers were eager to receive feedback and participants made constructive comments for the summer school to take place again in the future.

My assessment is therefore very mixed and I recommend to participate in the summer school only if one is really interested in the topic of development policy and has not much of background knowledge.

Text: Michael Schneider

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