For information on the seminars and training offered by the IHEDD as well as for any custom organization request, please contact:
Institut des hautes études du développement durable (IHEDD)
63 boulevard François-Mitterrand, CS 50320
63009 Clermont-Ferrand Cedex
The GPE program was launched in 1994 under the sponsorship of the World Bank and the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE). It was qualified as a "Partner Program" by the World Bank in 2019. It has also been supported by the French Development Agency (AFD) since 2022.
The three sponsors provide support through scholarships that cover the entire participation of future auditors in the training cycle, including training fees and logistics.
The allocation of scholarships by these three sponsors is guided by their own selection criteria, with Ferdi and the University of Clermont Auvergne examining the eligibility of candidates in advance.
Because of the fierce competition for scholarships each year and the announcement of the results in June-July, candidates are encouraged to approach other potential sponsors-primarily their own administration and entities dedicated to capacity building-early on in the process of paying for their training.
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. It leads to a Master 2, a national diploma issued by the University of Clermont Auvergne (UCA).
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.
Under an agreement signed with the University of Clermont Auvergne and in cooperation with the School of Economics and the Center for International Development Studies and Research (CERDI), the Foundation for International Development Studies and Research (FERDI, a public utility foundation) is responsible for the administrative and logistical management of the GPE program and collaborates on the training engineering. The GPE program participates in the international activities of French public service schools and institutions.
This 9-month training course (from October to June) delivered by the School of Economics of the University of Clermont Auvergne with the teacher-researchers of the Cerdi and with the support of the Ferdi, 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 100% in person in Clermont-Ferrand. The program is delivered in French, but knowledge of English is desirable.
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.
In addition to the permanent team of lecturers and researchers from the Clermont-Ferrand international development center (School of Economics of the University of Clermont Auvergne, CERDI, and FERDI), the GPE programme mobilises international experts, 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).
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 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).
Applications online (link above)
To apply to the GPE programme, candidates must hold a Master 1 degree (1-year Masters), preferably in economics, and have at least 3 years of professional experience in public development policies.
The application file is composed of 5 elements: the application form (available online below), a recent curriculum vitae, a copy of the diploma justifying the Master 1 level, a letter of academic recommendation and a letter of professional recommendation (see application link)
Each application -complete and duly completed- is carefully examined. The candidate's eligibility is then declared (or not), on the basis of the joint consideration of the academic level, the professional profile and the statement of motivations.
Admission will be considered final once the applicant has provided a guarantee of support.
Training costs are €15,700 per student for the 9-month programme.
The students must also provide estimates of any logistical costs (travel and accommodation). For more details, please contact us.
Philippe MESSÉANT, Administrateur du programme GPE, IHEDD, Ferdi
+33 (0)422.214.171.124 et firstname.lastname@example.org
Émeline CAMPAGNE, Chargée administrative des formations, IHEDD, Ferdi
+33 (0)4126.96.36.199 et email@example.com
Extract from the report "A partnership for the future. 15 proposals"Report to the French Minister of Economy and Finance December 2013By 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 SarManaging 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.