GPE Program

The Economic Policy Management (GPE) training programme is one of the main French courses for building capacity in public economics for stakeholders from developing countries, in particular French-speaking countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The selection for the World Bank's JJ/WBGS Scholarship GPE 2021-2022  has been announced. The 5 laureates have been informed of their selection.

The selection for  the French Government scholarship (French MEAE and French Embassies) is underway in some countries.

Applying for the GPE 2021-2022 cycle is still possible here, online, until 31 July. In addition to the quality of their application and the satisfaction of the prerequisites - eligibility stage -, candidates will have to present the guarantee that their training will be paid for by a third party sponsor, since the scholarships of the GPE programme sponsors will have been awarded.

Les auditeurs GPE27 –

A training of excellence for policy makers on public development policies.

News - April 2020

The GPE program is qualified as a "Partner Program" by the Japanese Government and the World Bank, through the Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP). This label of excellence, granted for the period 2020-2024, will provide an annual guaranteed number of scholarships by the JJ/WBGSProgram to GPE cycles.

Since its creation in 1994, the Economic Policy Management (GPE) training programme has been acknowledged as one of the main French courses for building capacity in public economics for stakeholders from developing countries, in particular French-speaking countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dedicated to public development policies, the GPE programme meets a pressing need expressed by developing countries for professional economists with the ability to design and implement economic policies effectively.

The GPE program awards a Masters from the School of Economics of the University of Clermont Auvergne. Training consists of a nine-month teaching programme focused on the theoretical foundations and practical application of economic policies.

Since 2017 at the request of the University of Auvergne, the University of Clermont Auvergne, in conjunction with the University’s School of Economics and the Centre d'Études et de Recherches sur le Développement International (CERDI), and the Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development (FERDI - a not-for-profit foundation)  provides administrative, logistical, and training support for the GPE programme. The GPE programme is part of the international action of French public higher education service .

Séminaire "Hors les murs", Genève, 4 mai 2018, GPE promotion 24 –

Who is training programme is for?

The target public is in the majority, but not exclusively, French-speaking. It mainly comprises economists with established careers, technical consultants, ministerial advisers, and those in charge of studies in the major departments of the Ministries of Finance and the Economy, Planning, Agriculture, Trade, and International Economic Cooperation, and managers from central banks and government audit institutions. 


The 9-month training cycle (October to June) offers a broad and solid curriculum on public development policies designed and implemented within the framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The courses are delivered face-to-face in Clermont-Ferrand but also in E-learining when circumstances so require, thanks to the experience now acquired and recognised by the e-learning teaching team (EAD).


The training includes 15 thematic modules, lasting an average of two weeks, each module being coordinated by a university lecturer specialized in the theme.
The training offers participants the opportunity to strengthen their skills in:

  • the analysis of the theoretical basis and implementation of economic policies;
  • the mastery of recent economic policy analysis instruments and their application to the particular economic and social situations of developing or in transition countries;
  • the understanding of the decision support models used by their partners or consultants;
  • the examination of comparative economic strategies in a context of globalization.
Training topics
Economic policy seminars
From October to June
  • From structural adjustment programmes to poverty reduction strategies". Introductory case study on a fictitious country, raising the general issue - 1 week
  • The microeconomic foundations of development analysis - 1 week
  • Macroeconomics, National Accounts and Economic Modelling - 2 weeks
  • Tax Policy and Public Spending - 2 weeks
  • Poverty and the impact of social programs - 2 weeks
  • Agricultural policy and world markets - 2 weeks
  • Currency strategies - 2 weeks
  • Health Economics and Policy - 2 weeks
  • Financial systems and monetary policy - 2 weeks
  • Environment and economic policy - 2 weeks
  • Trade policies - 2 weeks
  • Economics and educational policy - 2 weeks
  • Analysis and management of projects and evaluation of their impact - 2 weeks
  • Business and public governance - 2 weeks
  • Foreign aid, economic policy, and development - 2 weeks
"Off-site" Seminars
2 jours en avril et en juin
  • Geneva: Seminars with international organizations
  • Bordeaux: Seminar "Good news from Africa"

Teachers: a local and international partnership

In addition to the permanent team of lecturers and researchers from the Clermont-Ferrand cluster (School of Economics of the University of Clermont Auvergne, CERDI, and FERDI), the GPE programme mobilises international experts from the North and the South: academics (and through them universities and research centres), executives of the French administration (MEAE, AFD, Treasury, Banque de France) as well as executives of major international and regional institutions which implement public development policies (World Bank, IMF, European Commission, African Development Bank, OECD, etc). 
FERDI's partnerships with the countries of the South, and in particular with African countries enrich the teaching team through the interventions of associate professors and conferences by political figures.

A national diploma, awarded by the University Clermont Auvergne

The GPE program awards a Masters 2 degree (2nd-year Masters) "Economic Analysis and International Development" from the School of Economics of the University of Clermont Auvergne whose members are researchers at CERDI.

The examination regime

The students of the GPE program are subject to an examination regime with several examinations: a continuous test (based on about ten thematic modules), an oral exam (discussion in front of a jury about an economic policy question to test the knowledge acquired during the training and the capacity to summarize), and writing a memo to their Minister (drafting a report of about twenty pages written during the year under the direction of a tutor, aimed at providing his Minister with a series of recommendations based on a very practical economic policy question posed by the Minister).


Registration on line is open!  (see link above - application in French)

To apply to the GPE programme, candidates must hold a Master 1 degree (1-year Masters), preferably in economics, have at least a few years' professional experiences at the heart of public development policies, and ideally, be a civil servant or state employee.


  • Deadline for application of the World Bank scholarships: 28 February 2021.: 28 February 2021 
  • Deadline for all other candidates: 31 July 2021

Cost and sponsors

Training costs are €15,700 per student for the 9-month programme.

The student must also provide estimates of any logistical costs (travel and accommodation) which may be paid in all or in part by a sponsor. 

For more details, please contact us.



  • Investissement d'avenir
  • Initiative pour le développement et la gouvernance mondiale (IDGM)
  • Centre d'études et de recherches sur le développement international (CERDI)
  • Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI)
  • Ferdi
  • Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Université Clermont Auvergne
  • École d'économie Clermont Auvergne
  • Banque mondiale
  • Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères


Extract from the report "A partnership for the future. 15 proposals"
Report to the French Minister of Economy and Finance December 2013
By Hubert Védrine, Lionel Zinsou, Tidjane Thia, Jean-Michel Severino- Hakim El Karoui

Support and strengthen existing programmes that have already proven their worth and contribute to the creation of a network of high-level skills and relationships. A good example is the Economic Policy Management program of the Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development (FERDI), which offers the advantage of being financed by the World Bank, being located in the heart of our territory, in Clermont-Ferrand, and being positioned as a place of excellence with the best equivalent programs such as Columbia in the United States.

Ibrahima Sar
Managing Director of the mining company SOMIVA.
Minister Delegate for Energy of Senegal (2010-2012), Minister Delegate for Budget of Senegal (2007-2008)

The GPE program has enabled me to acquire the knowledge I need for a future high-level decision-maker. These months of training have considerably strengthened my capacity for economic and financial analysis. I would recommend the MCP to any mid-career executive who would like to have a high-level technical master's degree in development economics.


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