Center for Regional and Local development studies

Center for Regional and Local Development Studies

The Center for Regional and Local Development Studies has two academic programs, both offering training at masters level. These programs are Regional and Local Development Studies (RLDS) and Urban Development and Management (UDMt).

Regional and Local Development Studies

The Regional and Local Development Studies program was established in 1996 jointly by Addis Ababa University and the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), as a capacity building project for training and policy research in Regional and Local Development.  The University embraced the program in 2004as one of its teaching department upon the phasing out of the project.

The Master’s program is an interdisciplinary program focusing on different dimensions of development at sub-national level.  Currently sub-national entities or regional and local governments have, in many cases, achieved autonomy while at the same time expectations on the performance of civil servants and officials at these levels have increased. This calls for high quality development managers and experts from governments at regional and local levels, private sector organizations, NGO’s and various civil organizations. The decentralization drive of the country further demands trained personnel conversant with various development issues at sub-national levels.

Objectives

The general objective of the program is to produce highly qualified persons in the fields of Regional and Local Development Studies who will be competent in promoting and managing socio-economic developments at sub-national levels in Ethiopia, through the development of interdisciplinary education and research.  In the long run it is envisaged to broaden the program to development studies for countries in the Horn and Eastern Africa.