MA Governance and Development

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Program starts every semester.



Duration in semesters: 

4 semesters


The establishment of the Horn Institute of Governance and Development (HIGAD) shall endeavour to help address the multifarious issues of good governance and development afflicting nations, nationalities and peoples in countries of the Horn of Africa. The Horn of Africa region has, until recently, been experiencing, both natural and human-driven catastrophes of horrendous proportions. The complex nature of calamities unequivocally urges academics, states and all concerned citizens to thoroughly rethink for better socio-economic development strategies bring about peace, security and holistic regional transformational sustainable development to the region. Towards this end, several initiatives are already underway at regional (inter-governmental) levels to promote multi-faceted regional co-operation in addressing roots problems as well as facilitate mutual effort to eradicate poverty and attain good governance. Initiatives efforts have been undertaken by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) and the Comprehensive Framework Agreement (CFA) signed by the riparian states of the Nile River. However, much more can be done to galvanize, crystallize and catalyze the efforts of the region towards comprehensive, reciprocally beneficial and sustainable Afro-centric governance models and development trajectories.
Therefore, there has been greater need more than ever before to establish committed public sector management and leadership as well as institutions and institutional capacity to ensure the delivery of socio-economic development premised upon good governance and sustainable public sector management. This necessitated establishing HIGAD as a regional academic study and research institute to develop higher-level intellectual capacity to drive a universal, visionary, inspired regional good governance and development agenda based on the aspirations, and will of the citizens of the Horn of Africa.

The establishment of HIGAD by ECSU is designed to leverage Ethiopia’s capacity building in governance and development through best practices and in the process, produce more practitioners highly schooled in public service servants of higher level as well as meet region’s good governance, sustainable development and regional integration aspirations. Besides, HIGAD should leverage and nurture the development of that able and versatile corps of public servants sharing a universal vision of a prosperous Horn of Africa, distinguishable by and conspicuous for good governance, peace, prosperity, mutual understanding, social justice, optimism and completely liberated from chronic intolerance, poverty, peacelessness and other forms of human misery and deprivation.

Prerequisites & Requirements

Requirements for candidates to join the HIGAD MA program is fulfilling the admission policy of the ECSU as indicated in Senate legislation as well as the University MA-Admission regulations. Furthermore, candidates shall be citizens of one of the Horn of Africa countries (i.e. IGAD member states)
 must have a first degree or equivalent from an accredited university with pass grade, i.e. 2.0,
 must take entrance exam prepared by the ECSU Admission office and successfully pass
 shall have a minimum of two year work experience at public service institutions of IGAD member states;
 shall be sponsored by public service institution indicating who will be bounded for a minimum period to serve

Exit Level Outcomes

After the completion of the Masters Degree in Governance and Development Program, graduates should be able to:
 set strategies of intercultural relations and development communication to enhance regional integration,
 promote religion tolerance, conflict management, negotiation and mediation to strengthen local, national, regional and global security and peace building;
 analyze public involvement, sustainability and effectiveness development policy, design and implementation;
 examine theories and best practices of development policies, strategies and implementation in the IGAD member states;
 compare constitutions and governance of East African countries,
 apply principles of good governance, public mobilization and delivering efficient public service;
 examine equitability in development interventions, projects planning and management
 develop and use innovative public service delivery systems
 design policies to enhance skill development and entrepreneurship to enhance youth and women employment in the region,
 analyse features of pastoralism, resource and environment management for socio-economic transformation.

Individual Clients

Clients come from diverse professional backgrounds and work experiences specifically from civil service sector.

Other stakeholders

Employees of the regional and international organizations and such as the IGAD, the African Union (AU), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the COMESA and similar organisations. Besides, since Addis Ababa is a diplomatic hub for embassies of several countries of the world, including almost all the fifty-four African nations, the program may attract many other organizations.


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