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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Adaptive Leadership in Development Certificate in collaboration with University of Queensland - UQx. Gain the skills to be an adaptive leader in development & learn how to uncover local solutions to complex problems in developing countries.


Being a leader in development means working in complex and challenging contexts. Projects rarely run as planned, and managers need to be flexible and adaptive in their approach.

The Adaptive Leadership in Development Certificate is part of the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters Program from EdX in partnership with the University of Queensland - UQx.

This course will teach you the skills to tackle complex problems in developing - and developed - countries. You will learn how problems in development contexts are always complex - no matter how simple they may appear at first. You will learn strategies for how to dig deeper into the problem and come up with solutions that address the real issues. You will learn techniques and practical tools for understanding local context, and ways to lead effectively. This course will also expose you to the disconnect between policy and practice.

Uncertainty is a way of life in development, and leaders need the skills to adapt and excel in this space. Join us to learn effective strategies for being an adaptive leader in development.

What you'll learn

  • To appreciate the fundamental mismatch between policy and practice in development
  • To understand the importance of having context, and in finding local solutions to local problems
  • Skills in adaptive development practice, in the cycles of experimentation, learning, iteration and adaptation
  • To discern strategies to overcome political challenges and broker new collaborations
  • To comprehend how to measure progress and manage performance when working adaptively
  • To diffuse results from practice, by taking them to scale and influencing policy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 63 days
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description
      9 weeks, 10-12 hours per week
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Module 1: How Solutions Become Problems
  • Module 2: The Disconnect
  • Module 3: Complexity in Development
  • Module 4: Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation
  • Module 5: More PDIA
  • Module 6: Theory of Change and Development Evaluation
  • Module 7: Wicked Problems and Institutional Collaboration
  • Module 8: Thinking and Working Politically
  • Module 9: Leading Adaptively

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements


  • Participants should have experience, or a strong interest in working in development. While not compulsory, it is recommended that learners have completed a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    150 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 150 USD for the full programme and a duration of 63 days.
  • National Applies to you

    150 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 150 USD for the full programme and a duration of 63 days.
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