Post-Graduate Diploma in Gender & Development Studies

Course Overview

Gender equality is central to economic and human development. Removing gender inequalities gives society a better chance to develop. A report given by the World Bank to the Ministry of Trade and Industry in shows that addressing gender inequalities and especially the link between gender and economic growth can lead to: reducing poverty levels, elimination of inequalities hence increases opportunities for both genders and more generally the attainment of the Gender equality is necessary for meeting all of the MDG Goals.

Gender mainstreaming continues to be a challenge even at the international level where 70% of world’s poor are women and children, 1% of the world’s land is owned by women, 66% of the world’s work is done by women for 33% of earned income, 80% of the world’s refugees of Internally Displaced People are women and children and the majority of primary careers in the home are women. These alarming statistics are evidence of acute gender inequality and discrimination against women, a situation which cannot be ignored by any nation or institution if the global goal for economic growth and poverty reduction is to be realized.

Course Content

Module 1

  • Introduction to Gender and Development
  • Evolution of Gender and Development

Module 2

  • Advanced Theories in Gender & Development.
  • Gender, Law & Governance

Module 3

  • Gender, Policy Planning & Development
  • Gender and Project Development

Module 4

  • Images of Women & Men in Media and the Arts
  • Gender, Conflict Management and Peace Building

Module 5

  • Gender Mainstreaming
  • Gender Based Violence

Module 6

  • Gender & Development Challenges in Africa.
  • Gender Dimensions in Community Mobilization and Development

Module 7

  • Gender Dimensions in Rural and Urban Development
  • Gender in Regional Cooperation and Development

Module 8

  • Gender, Economic Planning & Policy Development
  • Gender, Human Rights and Development

Module 9

  • Gender and Empowerment
  • Gender, Education and Development

Module 10

  • Gender, Religion and Development
  • Development Studies

Course Assignments

Participants will be required to submit 10 assignments, research paper and one final examination for the period of 12 months to demonstrate their understanding of the course content. Assignments account for 60%, research paper accounts for 30% while Examination accounts for 10% of the marks.


Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a Post Graduate Certificate of Merit and a transcript.

Certificate and Transcripts will be given after the successful completion of the course.

Organizers: Action Institute For Professional Studies

Course Duration: 52 weeks (12 months)

Target Region: Global

Language: English

FORMAT: Web-based and Distance Learning facilitated




Tel no: +254 727 616 783

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Enrolled: 24 students
Duration: 12 Months
Level: Intermediate
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