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Research Focused Paper - Advanced Study Students

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Research focused Paper:Write a research-focused paper, particularly for advanced study students, using the student’s relevant professional experience and by exploring secondary sources. The aim is to make a contribution to the scholarly and/or policy analysis of: (i) a broad development question (e.g., effectiveness of development aid, the relation between democracy and development) or (ii) a more narrowly defined problem by analyzing the work of an organization and where it fits in a certain development sector.MA Paper Structure:All MA paper options should include the following sections, with maximum suggested length as indicated below: Cover Sheet with Title. See Annex IV. The cover sheet will indicate the paper option you select. Table of Contents with page numbers .Abstract (250 words maximum) :Summarize the substance of the whole paper by introducing the development problemor issue, the type of paper you have selected, the methodology you employed, your discussion of the problem, and your main recommendations and conclusions .Acronyms and abbreviations.A table should list all the acronyms in alphabetical order. For example, World HealthOrganization (WHO) or United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Spell out theorganization’s full name followed by the acronyms in parentheses the first time you use them in the text.Introduction (target length: 2-3 pages maximum) :This section introduces the topic of your paper and explains why you have chosen a particular option. The introduction states the development problem that you will analyze, comments on the importance of the problem, and presents the main questionscovered in the study. It provides the critical background information, such as historical and geographic contexts, and whatever other information is essential for the reader to understand the significance of your topic. The introduction also lays out the organizational structure of the paper, describing the sections that follow .Sources and Methods (target length: 1-2 pages maximum):Summarize the type of sources you used to collect information for the study. Examples include secondary data of all types, including policy briefs, organizations’ annual reports, scholarly articles and books, census reports and databases. Explain thecriteria you used to select the evidence (e.g., publications in the last 10 years that appeared in refereed journals). If applicable, discuss the quantitative variables you used, where you found the data, dates for the data used and how it was collected. You should also mention sources and information gained through your professional experience on the topic, course work and practicum experience.Write about the types of methods you use to identify or generate relevant information for your study. You may rely on qualitative or quantitative methods, or a mixed

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