New MA programme in Drylands Policy and Climate Change Adaptation

Kimmage DSC is accepting applications for its new MA in Drylands Policy and Climate Change Adaptation.

NOTE: Please send your expression of interest in this programme directly to the organisers (; your expression of interest will not be published on the CELEP website.

Breaking the cycle of impoverishment of vulnerable communities in the drylands of Africa is the ultimate goal of this new MA. This is of particular urgency not only because the geographical location of the drylands puts them on the frontline of global climate change, but also because of the acute lack of understanding policymakers have of the dynamics of drylands livelihood systems.

The MA is being offered by Kimmage Development Studies Centre (, based in Dublin, Ireland, in collaboration with Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania (, with support from Mekelle University, Ethiopia; University of Nairobi, Kenya, and the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), UK.

This unique programme is targeted at present and future policymakers, development practitioners and staff within international agencies, especially those whose work is concerned with supporting dryland communities.

Participants attend the first semester in Kimmage DSC and the second in Sokoine University.  They have an additional 7 months to undertake research in a drylands area, with the support of one or more of the partner institutes of the consortium, and to complete a final dissertation.

Courses offered include:

Political Economy of Development; Drylands Policy; Economics and Governance; Sociology of Development; Climate Change and Development; Research Methods; Project Cycle Management; Drylands Systems; Conflict Management; Natural Resource Management

Admission Requirements / Application: Further details regarding course content, admission requirements and applications are available from

or contact the Course Coordinator, Dr Fiona Meehan
Kimmage Development Studies Centre
Kimmage Manor
Whitehall Road
Dublin 12, Ireland
Tel: +353 – 1 – 406 4386
E-mail: /


Posted on 18 May 2011 in News, Pastoralism & Climate Change, Pastoralism & Services, Pastoralism, Policy & Power