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Friday, 17. August 2018

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Lecture Free Time
20.07.2018 - 07.10.2018


Master Programmes in Germany on Urban-, Regional-, and  Infrastructure Planning



Regional Development Planning and Management

SPRING combines teaching in development theories and strategies, planning concepts and methods, and implementation and monitoring tools with practice-orientated field studies aimed at elaborating regional development plans and programmes in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The programme content is oriented by the specific socio-economic problems in the developing world.

SPRING places its emphasis on development management at an intermediate level (e.g. district) between macro-regional and community-based planning. Development planning is seen as a problem-oriented management tool with the following objectiv

  • to identify development problems, trends, resources, constraints and potentials;
  • to formulate development objectives, policies and strategies;
  • to design plans and programmes;
  • to assess environmental impacts of plans and programmes;
  • to organise target group participation and decision-making processes;
  • to apply instruments for programme implementation and management and
  • to evaluate and monitor plans and programmes.



A development planner should be able: to collect, process, analyse, interpret and compile social and economic data; to understand and critically reflect concepts and theories underlying spatial development and planning; to project key social and economic indicators into the future; to translate target group requirements into land use plans, projects and programmes; to understand at least the basics of all major sectors of regional development; to have a good command of planning, group facilitation and conflict resolution techniques; to critically appraise processes of spatial development at all levels against the backdrop of globalisation and accelerated urbanisation; to design and conduct planning-oriented empirical research; to write clear reports, manuals and memos.

Therefore, the SPRING programme seeks to provide students with the following set of competencies:

  • a broad inter-sectoral knowledge and skills across three major regional development planning fields: Natural resource planning, physical infrastructure planning and socio-economic development planning.
  • the capability to design regional development activities in a pragmatic, problem and action oriented manner.
  • the competency in applying the three major action phases of the planning cycle: analysis, planning and implementation.
  • the ability to reconcile participatory planning from below with the requirements of planning from above and the framework set by national policies.
  • the cability to combine various personal characteristics such as logical thinking, flexibility, creativity, organisational and communicative skills.

The SPRING programme prepares regional development planners and managers for employment in the public sector at central, regional or local government levels, private sector, NGOs and international organisations. The course content is specially geared towards the needs of students from Africa, Asia and Latin America.