Holders of a CADES degree have a scientific, critical, and culture-sensitive understanding of development. They are able to relate their domain-specific knowledge in the constantly evolving North-South debate, and in organisations that defend, project or evaluate collective and cultural interests, expectations and movements.

Graduates have the tools to understand development from the viewpoint of local realities and epistemologies and to relate these to anthropological theories and paradigms.

CADES offers students a large international and interdisciplinary background to deal with development issues from an anthropological perspective. Graduates may access a variety of jobs in NGOs, international organisations, development co-operation, education, social and medical services, advisory organisations, international relations, enterprises and research.

Latin American Programmes coordinator Via Don Bosco — PhD researcher Cultural Policy University of Leeds — Integration Consultant at Inburgering Provincie Antwerpen — Programme Officer CDI Bwamanda programmes on health, education and agriculture in Congo/Benin — Programme Assistant at EuropeAID EU Commission — BTC Junior Assistant Vredeseilanden in Benin — BTC Junior Assistant  Vredeseilanden in Quito Ecuador — Researcher Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations UGent — Programme Officer open society, Soros Foundation global grantmaking program supporting human rights of LGBT people globally, with geographic focuses in Africa, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe — Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Result Communication and assistant program coordinator Asia at Mensen met een Missie — PhD candidate Tourism KULeuven — UN Volunteer Intern Early Childhood Development in Bolivia — Microinsurance coordinator BRS programme Belgium — Development education coordinator Handicap International — Organic Coffee Producer — Project Officer ActionAid — Consultant Culture Unit Unesco — Development Consultant Unesco Paris - Ecological Restoration Officer at Threshold Environmental Australia — Financial Officer EuropeAid - Development and Co-operation Directorate-General European Commission — Consultant National Poverty Reduction Programme Juntos Peru — Community Organizer Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions — Trainee Programme Advisor Dutch Aid organization ZOA — Program officer at Development Cooperation Unit at KU Leuven ....


The intercultural and developmental perspective of CADES helped me to better understand the notion of geography, which suggests not only the inhabitants or visitors in a certain cultural milieu, but also interactions and negotiations on a variety of scales, ranging from local, private, and behavioristic processes to public, economic, global, and systematic ones.

LingLing Bi
PhD candidate in Tourism at Department of Earth and Environment Sciences, Faculty of Science, KU Leuven - CADES graduate