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. It leads to a Master 2, a national diploma delivered by the University of Clermont Auvergne (UCA).

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

Support from the World Bank, the French MEAE and AFD

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.

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 100% in person in Clermont-Ferrand. The program is delivered in French, but knowledge of English is desirable.

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. 


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). 

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 2023 : 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 27 March-26 May 2023 directly online on the JJ/WBGSProgram website)
  • 15 July 2023: 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
  • Agence française de développement (AFD)


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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