Development cooperation is changing: Long gone is the practice of transferring knowledge, financial resources and skilled people from the global North to the South in a one-way fashion. Today, we are in need of mutual learning and common strategies. Junior and experienced professionals have to meet these requirements.
Each year, the nine-month Postgraduate Training Programme of the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) prepares up to 18 German and European university graduates for the challenging tasks and responsibilities of international development cooperation.
Participants learn to deal with the practical challenges of sustainable development in a globalised world. Core part of the training programme is a research project in a developing or transition country: within small and interdisciplinary groups, participants design and conduct a study for eleven weeks and later evaluate and conclude the results once they are back in Bonn.
To prepare participants for the job market, IDOS provides extensive advice and assists with the job application procedure. Most of the programme graduates achieve a successful career start in international and national development organisations. However, the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) can offer no assurance that the graduates get a subsequent employment. In Germany, around 250 young professionals are hired every year for the professional field of bi- and multilateral development cooperation.