Institute of Peace, Leadership & Governance

  • Overview
  • Programme Structure
  • Admission Requirements
  • Fees & Scholarships

This course in public policy, governance and civil society is designed to provide basic fundamentals of public policy analysis to practitioners working in civil society organisations, public service and the private sector.  To face the challenges of the new millennium, Africa needs leaders who can inspire those they lead; work and learn collaboratively; transform mindsets; act with integrity; facilitate constructive dialogue, think strategically; and formulate and implement public policy with skill and resolve.  Recognising that public policy is best formed and implemented by informed leaders, the course seeks to enhance these leadership skills.  The emphasis of the course is on how public policy may be viewed as a governance tool essential for political and institutional development.

Why is this course necessary?  

Quite often there is inadequate attention to the problems and issues in policy formulation, implementation and evaluation and strategies that constantly challenge stakeholders to reach the ‘analytical level’ in public policy making process. In that context, this course will provide a conceptual understanding of the key issues and complexities related to processes of public policy planning and analysis.

The course is designed to empower emerging leaders in civil society, private and public sector organisations in their roles as service providers, analysts and policy makers. An understanding of the structures and mechanisms of policy making will enhance the potential for civil society, public and private sector actors to be involved in the decision making processes and to view it with an informed analytical eye. Participants in the course will examine processes of public policy formulation and implementation from a public, private and civil society organisational perspective. Content coverage will focus on facilitating the creation of new knowledge and skills with a view to developing informed policy for effective implementation by public, private and civil society organisations. The course will also look at how civil society organisations can effectively influence policy change strategies that take into account policy making, organisational structures, political systems, leadership and cultural dynamics of society. The course is designed to integrate an understanding of theoretical concepts and their practical application in public, private and non-governmental contexts.


The duration of the programme shall be 18 months and the maximum period allowed for a student to complete the requirements for the award of the Master in Public Policy and Governance shall be in accordance with the University general regulations for graduate part-time programmes.

The programme will be divided into the follows phases:

Semester 1/ Phase 1: Core Courses: Year 1:

PPG 500: Introduction to Public Policy     (3 credit hours)
PPG 501: Public Policy Analysis.        (3 credit hours)
PPG 502: Public Policy Research     (3 credit hours)
PPG 503: Architecture of Governance in Africa      (3 credit hours)
PPG 504: Environmental Policy and Peace Building     (3 credit hours)
PPG 505: Leadership and Public Policy in Africa     (3 credit hours)

Semester 2 / Phase 2: Electives: Year 1:

For the purposes of specialization students are required to take four additional courses from any of the following areas:

Development Policy and Governance
PGP 510: Foundations of Development Policy         (3 credits)
PGP 511: Dynamics of Governance in Africa        (3 credits)
PGP 512: Economic Analysis and Public Policy        (3 credits)
PGP 513: Human Rights and Rule of Law        (3 credits)
PGP 514: Globalisation and International Political Economic Policy      (3 credits)
PGP 515: Local Governance and Policy Development        (3 credits)
PGS 516: Health Policy and Health Care in Africa    (3 credits)

Leadership and Policy Development
PLP 511: Leadership: Theory and Practice             (3 credits)
PLP 512: Transformational Leadership and Policy Making    (3 credits)
PLP 513: Leadership and Emergency Management        (3 credits)
PLP 514: Comparative Leadership and Policy Development    (3 credits)
PLP 515: Citizen Engagement in Policy Development         (3 credits)

Environmental Policy, Peace and Governance
PEP 511: Peace, Conflict and Development            (3 credits)
PEP 512: African Perspectives on Environmental Policy    (3 credits)
PEP 513: Policy Impact on the Environment               (3 credits)
PEP 514: Community Stewardship of the Environment     (3 credits)
PEP 515: Ethics and Natural Resource Management     (3 credits)

Research: Year 2: Semester 1

Dissertation:                              (6 credits)

Prospective participants are expected to meet the following criteria:

1.    Possess an undergraduate degree with at least 2.1 or better;
2.    At least 3 years work experience in a civil society, or public sectors;   
3.    Currently be employed in an area where public policy advocacy is important;
4.    Middle management ranking or higher;
5.    English proficiency (as the course will be delivered in English);
6.    Be from the SADC region.



The programme will be offered on weekends only in Harare and Mutare.
The payment plan for the block release is such that a student will initially be required to register for 2 courses and progress depends upon successful completion of the registered courses.  For current fees update refer to this link Click here

The term Semester applies to the full-time Programme while the term Phase applies to the block release Programme.