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.


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.

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 .

Formation GPE Session 2021-2022. Trombinoscope des auditeurs. –

A Master 2 from the University of Clermont Auvergne.

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 face-to-face in Clermont-Ferrand.

For who?

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. 

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).


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.


  • 28 February 2022 : Deadline for submission of application to Ferdi for candidates interested in the World Bank scholarships (candidates declared eligible will then be able to apply for these fellowships during the period 29 March-27 May 2022 directly online on the JJ/WBGSProgram website)
  • 15 July 2022: Deadline for submission of application to Ferdi for any candidate who is sponsored by any other than the JJ/WBGSProgram.

Cost and sponsors

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.

Contacts Ferdi

Philippe MESSÉANT, Administrateur du programme GPE, IHEDD, Ferdi
+33 (0)473.17.75.33 et

Émeline CAMPAGNE, Chargée administrative des formations, IHEDD, Ferdi
+33 (0)473.17.75.29 et



  • 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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