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The Master's degree in Project Management for Development (Master Maîtrise d’Ouvrage pour le Développement – MODEV in French) is a professional training and qualification for institutions’ or companies' project leaders. The Master is co-organised by Agence française de développement (AFD), Université Clermont-Auvergne and FERDI.

Les candidatures sont closes.

Objectives of the Master

This multi-disciplinary training combines economics, finance, and management. It develops autonomy in the management of sustainable development projects. 

This 9-months training course has the following objectives:

  • To reinforce the knowledge, know-how and interpersonal skills of the participants to make them actors of change (entrepreneurs within their institutions);
  • To contribute to the emergence of a network of development professionals.

The overall aim is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the public and private project leaders in the South who contribute to transitions towards sustainable development.

Target audience

The target audience is managers and executives of ministries, local authorities, public institutions, companies (public or private), financial institutions (public or private) or NGOs. 

Training in French.

Selection Criteria

For the class of 2023/2024, 25 scholarship places are foreseen (half of which are reserved for female applicants) and approximately 10 non-scholarship places.

Eligibility criteria for non-scholarship holders

  • Minimum 4 years of higher education
  • 3 years of professional experience
  • Fluency in French and basic knowledge of English
  • Professional interest in development project management 

Selection criteria for scholarship holders

  • Be under 40 years old
  • Have a Master 1
  • Have 3 years of professional experience, mainly in the field of development
  • Fluency in French and basic knowledge of English
  • Be currently employed in an institution in the South that works for the Sustainable Development Goals, preferably in relation with the French Development Agency or likely to be, and have the commitment of this employer concerning the partial coverage of the MASTER fees (see below).

For scholarship holders and non-scholarship holders, the selection process is based on various criteria: level of education, professional experience, profile, relevance of the dissertation project, results of a written test, etc. The selection aims to ensure a balance in terms of geographical origin and gender.   

ATTENTION: For scholarship holders, this means that the AFD covers the cost of living in France. Students with scholarships are not exempt from paying registration fees (around €2400) and AFD does not pay for their flights. It is up to their employers to pay for these two expenses. 

Non-scholarship holders must pay - or find a sponsor capable of paying - all living expenses for the 3-month period in France (estimated cost between 4 and 7k€), as well as flights and registration fees (approximately 2.4k€). 


AFD executives, professors from UCA (School of Economics and School of Management), and professionals teach the Masters class.

2023-2024 Session

Applications are open from 15 December 2022 to 30 January 2023. 


5 December 2022. Launch of the call for applications.

30 January 2023. Deadline for applications (scholarship holders and non-scholarship holders)

12 April 2023. Written test for shortlisted candidates

Late May or early June 2023. Announcement of the final selection (scholarship holders and non-scholarship holders)

25 September 2023. Start of the course
9-month course :

Distance learning from 25 September 2023 to 10 March 2024. 

Face-to-face teaching in Marseille and Clermont-Ferrand from 11 March 2024 to 31 May 2024. 


Most of the face-to-face teaching takes place in Marseille, in the AFD offices. Three weeks are scheduled in Clermont-Ferrand.

Contact / Information: Simon Goutner -

Organization of the training

The master's degree in Project Management for Development (MODEV) is part of the "Development Economics" course at the School of Economics at the University of Clermont Auvergne (UCA). 

It was created in 2007 by the Agence Francaise de Development (French Development Agency) training department, the CEFEB (now the Training Division of AFD's Department for the Valorization of Knowledge on Sustainable Development (VAL) and called AFD Campus). CERDI-École d'Économie (UCA) is a historical partner and delivers this master's degree.

In 2019, AFD Campus wanted to develop this master and broaden the audience trained in methods and project management. 

FERDI is now associated with AFD Campus and the School of Economics of UCA for the implementation of the master by welcoming students in France, the organization of study trips, and the animation of the network of former MODEV graduates.

Also, FERDI is developing, in collaboration with AFD Campus, a distance learning module dedicated to project management to enable people to acquire the skills in the implementation and monitoring of sustainable development projects.

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A large network of alumni

Created in 1963, and transformed into a master's degree in 2006, this course has already nearly 2,800 alumni, including more than 400 since its approval as a master's degree. It has created a network of alumni who now hold positions of responsibility in government ministries, local authorities, businesses, financial institutions, and NGOs in countries of the South, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean. 

The diversity of origins - West Africa, Maghreb, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, and profiles - engineers, researchers, analysts, program managers, heads of services in private companies and public organizations, bring great richness to this master's program during which exchanges are unique and stimulating.