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Adaptive Leadership in Development

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10 weeks
375 USD
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10 weeks
375 USD
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Course description

Adaptive Leadership in Development

This course is part of the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters program. In order to get the most out of this course, we recommend that you have experience working in the development sector or a strong interest in this area. We also recommend that you complete the other three courses that make up the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters program: Leaders in Global Development, The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development and Critical Development Perspectives.

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  • Self-paced Online
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?


Participants should have experience, or a strong interest in working in development. While not compulsory, it is recommended that learners have completed a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline.

Training content

  • How Solutions Become Problems
  • The Disconnect
  • Complexity in Development
  • Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation
  • More PDIA
  • Theory of Change and Development Evaluation
  • Wicked Problems and Institutional Collaboration
  • Thinking and Working Politically
  • Leading Adaptively

Course delivery details

This course is offered through The University of Queensland, a partner institute of EdX.

10-12 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$375
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

  • To appreciate the fundamental mismatch between policy and practice in development
  • To understand the importance of having context, and in finding local solutions to local problems Skills in adaptive development practice, in the cycles of experimentation, learning, iteration and adaptation
  • To discern strategies to overcome political challenges and broker new collaborations
  • To comprehend how to measure progress and manage performance when working adaptively
  • To diffuse results from practice, by taking them to scale and influencing policy

All graded assessment will be graded and have insightful feedback for learners to further refine their new knowledge and skills.

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