Prague, Czech Republic

Development, Sustainability and Globalization

when 29 June 2024 - 6 July 2024
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 890

The Prague Summer School on Development, Sustainability and Globalization aims to enrich the discussion on the new tasks for the global development. The program is conceptualized within a broad framework, as the study of development challenges cannot discern, for instance, from the debate on food production and consumption in both developed and developing countries, environmental impact of development or existing institutional arrangements based on political negotiations and multilateral cooperation. The program will provide students with deeper understanding of development challenges by addressing the set of political, economic, technological and environmental aspects related to development cooperation.

Course leader

Franklyn Lisk, PhD: Academic director of the summer school

Target group

Students of either undergraduate or graduate degrees or recent graduates.

Course aim

We strongly believe that the multidisciplinary approach of the summer school is indeed the key to better understanding the underlying drivers as well as impacts: it is only by addressing the full set of political, economic, technological and environmental aspects connected to development cooperation, that we can conceptualize a successful way forward.

We will look into the frictions between globalization, development and sustainability created by international trade, multilateral system of global rules, and business and NGO activities in developing countries

Through case studies, participants will understand how development and sustainability function in a real world context and how different concepts actually work in practice. This objective will be achieved by using case studies and looking into various aspects of development moving towards creating social development and businesses that are sustainable both financially and environmentally.

The summer school will also provide a unique opportunity to discuss the reality of international development and moving towards sustainable models with practitioners such as Daniel Ogola, founder of successful Matibabu Foundation which provides health and education services in rural Kenya and Kibera, one of the largest slums on the planet. CNN presented Daniel Ogola as an agent of change seeing the opportunities instead of the obstacles and making difference in physical and economic health of the community and his story and experience are of great value to anyone studying sustainable development.

Credits info

Many students participating in our program counted our summer schools towards their degrees, usually receiving 3-4 ECTS.  If you wish to receive credits for attending a summer school, you need to negotiate the amount of credits with your university. We can provide those who are interested with a confirmation of completion of the program.

Fee info

EUR 890: The program Early Bird fee is 840 EUR (Deadline February 10, 2023)
The program fee is 890 EUR (Final Deadline May 1, 2023)

The fee includes:

Tuition and reading materials;
Student’s handbook;
Maps and public transports tickets;
Accommodation for one week and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner, plus coffee breaks);
Site visits and cultural and special events.

Students are responsible for their own travel costs, lunches and other personal expenses.


There are currently no scholarships offered by the SCHOLA EMPIRICA NGO. Accepted students may ask the organizers for documents they need to support their own scholarship application(s) from their universities, NGO or government sources.

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