Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth

Linking Sustainable Development to Social Inclusion

We believe that poverty can only be eradicated once marginalised individuals and groups experience equality, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, disabilities or age. In this specialisation, we ask ourselves: ‘How can development organisations and government agencies contribute to inclusive transformation processes in such a way that they will improve the parameters for everyone to take part in society?’ Such transformation processes are important for ensuring that marginalised individuals and groups can influence decisions affecting their lives and that they can enjoy equal access to markets, social services and various political, social and physical spaces. These changes may in turn increase people’s security over their livelihoods.

Specialising in Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth

In this specialisation, we place a strong focus on gender and youth. You will learn that development strategies that do not stimulate gender equality and empowerment and full participation of women and youth are less successful. We help you gain more understanding of the differences and similarities between men and women, which is a good starting point in learning to address other inequities in society.

The specialisation emphasises youth because youth has the potential to drive innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity in developing countries. This is particularly needed in the agricultural sector, which the younger generation has an overwhelming tendency to abandon, seeking greater financial security and other assumed attractions of city life. You will explore ways to engage future generations of young people in the agricultural sector, which is essential for a healthy and sustainable world food system.

Specialised modules

The specialisation consists of various modules, including:

  • Concepts of Gender, Social Inclusion, Youth and Empowerment
  • Interventions for Social Inclusion and Gender Equality
  • Facilitating Change for Social Inclusion and Gender Equality

From Theory to Practice

This specialisation has been designed to tackle the problems of marginalisation by equipping you with specific competences needed to understand and define the afore mentioned contextual factors. Through this, you can reduce inequities and improve the social and economic conditions for everyone. These competences are taught through a combination of academic knowledge and professional skills development. After a 9-month education programme, you will spend three months conducting your own research and writing a thesis.


As a graduate, you will be equipped with essential skills and competences needed to make a difference, including:

  • Analysing gender differences and social exclusion;
  • Developing intervention strategies that lead to social inclusion and gender

Career benefits and opportunities as a graduate

As a graduate of the Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth specialisation, you will have developed specific competences that are useful in defining the needs and interests of marginalised people. You promote and mainstream social inclusion in rural development and service delivery, and recommend internal adjustments within your organisation. You become a professional who facilitates change and community development, transforms social processes, and enhances gender equality and social equity.

If you feel that it is time to bring social inclusion to the forefront and improve the well-being of all people, then the Social Inclusion, Gender and Youth specialisation prepares you for the challenges that need to be solved.