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Understanding Development Evening Course



The Understanding Development Evening Course comprises two components:

  • Term 1: Introduction to Development
  • Term 2: Contemporary Issues in Development


Each term is 8 weeks in duration. 

Participants have the option to apply for one or both terms. There is a €20 discount for people who book and pay for both terms by October 6th.

The aim of the course is to assist participants to enhance their understanding of the problems and possibilities of development in developing countries. It is intended for anyone concerned with development issues for reasons of work, active support or personal interest. Prior experience or training in development work are not required.   Each term runs for 8 weeks beginning in October on Monday nights in Kimmage. It runs for two terms, from early October to March each year. The sessions are held on Monday evenings at Kimmage Development Studies Centre from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm with a 10 minute mid-session break.


We provide this course to:

  1. Provide detailed information on international development topics.
  2. Introduce and explain alternative theories and approaches to development.
  3. Encourage a critical and analytical approach to development issues.
  4. Relate development issues to participants’ own work and life experience.
  5. Deepen interest in and commitment to Majority World issues.


Course content


Term 1 Introduction to Development introduces and explains alternative theories and approaches to development. Topics covered in Term 1 include:

  • Theories of Development
  • Representations and Images of Development
  • The social economic and environmental indicators for measuring Development
  • The role of international financial institutions
  • Official and non-governmental Aid
  • Trade, Investment and Development
  • Conflict, Development & Security


Term 2 Contemporary Issues in Development covers a range of hot button issues in development practice including:

  • HIV/AIDS and Development
  • Micro-Finance
  • Food and Livelihood Security
  • Community Development in Ireland
  • Poverty and the Environment
  • Climate Justice
  • Refugees and Migration.


Course Contributors

The lecturers and contributors to the programme reflect a broad range of experience both in Ireland and in developing countries. They are drawn from Kimmage DSC itself, other third level institutions, and from Development NGOs including Trócaire, Concern Worldwide, Comhlámh, Immigrant Council of Ireland and Afri. and Watch Tom Campbell give a quick overview of the Evening Course in this short clip:


To Apply

The fee for the complete course is €300. The fees for each term are €150. This includes a non-refundable €40 booking fee

There is a concession rate available of €150 for people not in paid employment and not otherwise supported by an organisation (€75 for each term).

Cheques, postal orders, etc, should be made payable to ‘Kimmage Development Studies Centre’. Please don’t post cash. You can also pay the booking fee and the balance using PayPal. Details will be sent to you on application.

Please contact cds-support@kimmagedsc.ie should you require any additional information.


This course does not carry academic credits but on completion all course participants are awarded an in-house certificate.

The Kimmage Development Education Monday evening course was excellent. We had different presenters and different topics every session. We had a wide variety of participants with good coffee-time chats and much genuine head searching. The debate between “Aid” and “Justice & Equality” was in the background and foreground at all times. Highly recommended course.

Maurice Hurley. Principal, Tyrrelstown E.T.N.S.

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