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This course is provided by the World Bank through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: 4 weeks, 1 June to 28 June 2015

Course Objective

The objective of this course is to provide you with a basic understanding of the key principles of PPPs and how they can be used to address the infrastructure gap in emerging markets. By directly discussing the opportunities and challenges of procuring and maintaining infrastructure through effective PPPs, participants will learn how and why PPPs have been used to deliver more and better infrastructure services.

This course is intended for the general public, policy makers and practitioners.

This course is provided by UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE. 

Duration: 8 to 12 June 2015

Course Objective

The UN Summer Academy 2015 is titled 'The UN at 70'.

The UN Summer Academy offers executive education, learning and knowledge exchange to those working for the United Nations andthose who actively engage with the UN System in their daily lives. Combining academic rigour with cutting edge thinking and buildingon a renowned faculty, the UN Summer Academy provides a platform for reflection. Participants engage in discussions and strengthenknowledge on issues of relevance for the work of the United Nations and its partners.

As the only UNSSC course open to all those interested in the work of the United Nations, the Academy provides an unprecedentedopportunity to network, discuss and debate UN issues with different thought leaders guiding and inspiring the direction of the UN’s work(Member States, UN staff, civil society representatives, business representatives, etc.).

This course is provided by UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE. 

Duration: 9-25 September 2015

Course Objective

The UN is increasingly interacting with new, emerging and 'non-traditional' development partners, whether these are philanthropic foundations, multinational companies or other players. With a view to better equip UN staff to engage with such new and existing partners, the ‘Building Partnerships for Development Effectiveness in a Post-2015 World course is focused on the UN imperative for partnership development. Participants gain a comprehensive understanding of the reasons the UN should invest in the expansion of its partnerships; familiarise themselves with ongoing processes to develop policy, guidance and tools that support the UN in its task to partner; gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities regarding partnership development; get exposure to the partnership thinking of philanthropic foundations, civil society partners and the business sector; and acquire specific skills needed to build substantive and sustainable partnerships. The course builds on existing UN and other multilateral and bi-lateral experiences, and reflects on the outcome of the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (Busan, 2011), and on the Secretary-General's new Five Year Action Agenda.

This course is provided by UNITAR for a FEE. 

Duration: 5 weeks, 27 April to 29 May 2015

Course Objective

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  • Construct a clear picture of the fragmented idea of ‘good governance’ and its significance in international development;
  • Identify various governance challenges facing developing countries;
  • Identify critical interventions that impact positively on governance at global, regional and local level;
  • Understand the role of international institutions in promoting good governance;
  • Use reasonable judgment to establish a link between good governance and the effectiveness of an international organisation;
  • Learn lessons from different country studies about the impact of good governance on development;
  • Analyse and incorporate good governance principles in the work of their organisations.

This course is provided by UNITAR for a FEE.

Duration: 5 weeks, 23 March to 24 April 2015

Course Objective

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  • Understand the link between natural resources and corruption, and it’s impact on the development of resource-rich countries;
  • Identify the risks of corruption along the resource value chain, especially in different resource sectors (oil, gas, industrial mining, and artisanal mining);
  • Use reasonable judgment to detect corruption and determine its gravity;
  • Analyse international initiatives to curb corruption and enhance transparency and accountability in extractive industry through reshaping of procedures;
  • Propose measures, business integrity management and anti-corruption program that should be implemented to combat corruption in extractive industries.

This course is provided by the World Bank Group through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: 4 weeks, 15 March to 13 April 2015

Course Objective

Recent events have shown that the relationship between government and citizens is in need of repair. In just the last few years, we have witnessed calls from all over the world, from the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street to the Open Government Partnership, for governments to become more open, accountable and responsive by deepening their engagement with citizens. As a result, interest in citizen engagement programs for effective development has gained momentum. This MOOC has been developed to explore what is meant by citizen engagement and how it can be used to enhance development impact.

The 4-week course brings together a diverse range of experts to provide students with a comprehensive overview of citizen engagement. It begins by synthesizing the theories and concepts that underlie citizen engagement, and goes on to explore how citizens can be engaged in both policymaking and public service delivery. Finally, it investigates how recent innovations are shaking up the field, through detailing both successes and failures of these new approaches. Our presenters, leaders in academia, government, and civil society, provide a wide range of perspectives and real-world experience to give participants a deeper understanding of whether citizen engagement can truly enhance the process of development. Participants will also have the opportunity to collaborate with one another and design their own citizen engagement initiatives, thereby putting theories learned in the course into practice.

This online course is provided by University of Virginia through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: Anytime, unlimited access.

Course Objective

This course introduces class participants to the political significance and societal consequences of challenges facing U.S. and international policymakers. It is designed to help participants develop skills to analyze policy proposals and advocate for their preferred options for issues on the public policy agenda ahead. The class assumes basic knowledge about governing institutions and democratic processes, while recommending supplemental materials for further study to complement reading links provided. The course focuses on future policy challenges, while examining the broad historical context in which policies are adopted and implemented.

As the course evaluates how issues are advanced by private sector interests, non-governmental organizations, and government policymakers, it examines how groups become effective policy advocates. Particular attention is paid to how winning coalitions are formed and how issue framing shapes the outcome of policy campaigns. The goal is neither to produce partisan talking points, nor to favor one governance philosophy over others. Rather it is to clarify the public policy challenges ahead and to enhance participants’ understanding of how policy options are adopted in the real world arena of contemporary politics.

This course is offered by UN System Staff Collge (UNSSC) for a FEE. 

Duration: 17/11/2015 - Thu, 19/11/2015

Course Objective

There is growing recognition in the international development and humanitarian communities of the role of faith in providing significant moral,social and political agency for human development and resilience in the face of hardship and adversity. Religious institutions, communitiesof faith and faith-based NGOs are carrying out critical development and humanitarian relief activities, including in entrenched situationsof conflict. How can the resources these organizations bring to the table (human, financial and spiritual) be better understood and moreeffectively tapped by all of those working to serve the very same communities?

Many UN organizations and offices are today partnering with faith-based or faith-inspired service-delivery NGOs, local faith communitiesand religious leaders. In the context of the Post-2015 development agenda, it is timely to examine the objectives, modalities and outcomesof such partnerships.

This Strategic Learning Exchange explores the linkages between faith and the continuum of humanitarian to development work. It considersthe nature of development and humanitarian work, the timeframes for interventions and the types of populations served.

This online course is offered by UNITAR for a FEE.

Duration: 13 Oct - 09 Nov 2014

Course Objective

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Define and discuss the basic concepts of public diplomacy and how its practice is evolving;
  • Explain the distinction between public diplomacy and related activities such as nation branding, propaganda, cultural relations, public relations and lobbying;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the skills and techniques required by public diplomacy practitioners vis-à-vis the media and other stakeholders;
  • Design strategic media plans and public diplomacy campaigns by using modern and conventional public diplomacy tools.

This course is provided by the UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE.

Duration: 17-21 November 2014, New York

Course Objective

The UN is increasingly interacting with new, emerging and "non-traditional" development partners whether these are philanthropic foundations, multinational companies etc. With a view to better equip UN staff to engage with such new partners, the Building partnerships for development effectiveness course is focused on the UN "imperative" for partnership development. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the reasons the UN should invest in the expansion of its partnerships; familiarise themselves with the ongoing process to develop policy, guidance and tools that support the UN in its task to partner; gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities regarding partnership development; will be exposed to the partnership thinking of philanthropic foundations, civil society and the business sector; and will acquire specific skills needed to build substantive and sustainable partnerships.

This course is provided by UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE. 

Duration: 19 October to 13 November 2015

Course Objective

UN staff operates in an environment that requires continued adaptation to new external and internal realities. This tutored online course seeks to support UN staff in developing and applying effective strategies to manage, at the individual and team context, the shift in portfolios, work methods and approaches resulting from internal reform processes and the need to adapt to new high-level organizational priorities and goals.

This course is provided by UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE. 

Duration: 05 October to 06 November 2015

Course Objective

The course is developed in the form of eight self-paced modules to be completed sequentially. Please click here to open the syllabus of the eight modules. The learning objectives of the course are:

  • Analysing the different possible forms of decentralized governance (deconcentration, delegation, devolution) and their implications with regard to the organisation of the State at the sub-national level;
  • Identifying the key elements that can improve the effectiveness of a decentralization process for peacebuilding;
  • Examining the relationship between decentralization and peacebuilding, and how and when effective decentralized governance can prevent or mitigate the risk of violent conflicts, and or contribute to their peaceful resolution.

This course is provided by the UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE. 

Duration: 27-31 July 2015  

Course Objective

The training programme will offer a mix of knowledge and skills for advancing UN coherence and strengthening the quality of programming at the country level. Participants will become fully knowledgeable about UN programming tools (UNDAF) and their practical application, innovative ways and approaches to support the planning and implementation of UN development strategies and frameworks, as well as improve some of the essential skills that are required to support the work of UN Country Teams effectively. The course will adopt a blended format of instructional sessions, experience sharing and peer to peer learning.

This course is provided by UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE. 

Duration: 16-19 June 2015 

Course Objective

This course provides theoretical and practical insights on the concept of decentralized governance and its relationship with conflict. Participants will gain sound grounding in the theoretical concepts and will be supplied with analytic tools and skills to enable them to better understand when and how Decentralized Governance can contribute to conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts in volatile and post-conflict contexts.

This course is provided by UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE. 

Duration: 19-22 May 2015 

Course Objective

This course brings Programme and Operations staff together to develop a strategic, results based and integrated approach to programme and operations enhancing efficiencies and productivity gains of the integrated approach. It focuses on results-based strategies and log frames, monitoring & evaluation, key performance indicators, and reporting mechanisms in support of development and humanitarian needs of countries. It includes sessions on how to improve programmatic and operational synergies. It identifies linkages and opportunities for coherence, simplification and harmonization. The objective is to create strong team alignment that enable both groups to work as strategic partners, while strengthening collaboration, promoting a culture of greater cohesion in the system and enhancing programme effectiveness at the country level.

This course is provided by UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE. 

Duration: 28-30 April 2015

Course Objective

This course will focus on the Communicating as One pillar of the recently adopted Standard Operating Procedures for Delivering as One. The focus of Communicating as One is to improve the quality of dialogue with the host-country government and other national stakeholders, increase advocacy and help to highlight results achieved by the UN at the country level. It is critical for ensuring clear and consistent strategic positioning of the UN at the country level; developing common messages and policy positions; strengthening the outreach of the UN system by pooling efforts; supporting communication about the UN comparative advantages in the country to both internal and external stakeholders; and avoiding message duplication, inconsistencies and fragmentation. It implies developing common messaging and joint communication on key issues where the UN is active in the country.In this context, the training aims at equipping UN staff with tools and methods that will strengthen their capacity to generate and communicate progress of implementation and results, enabling them to better tell the story behind and about results. The course also aims at increasing awareness of the role of communications in programme implementation, in particular about how it can help achieve delivery of project and programme outputs, when using communication strategically.

This course is provided by UN System Staff College (UNSSC) for a FEE. 

Duration:  30 March to 01 May 2015 

Course Objective

Decentralization concepts and legal framework, fiscal decentralization, sequencing of decentralization processes and their impact on the peace and conflict dynamics in post-conflict and fragile contexts – these are some of the important topics that will be covered in our online course "Decentralized Governance and Peacebuilding".

Local governments are often the first to collapse when factions fight for territorial control. In post-conflict settings, the state is often unable to effectively reach parts of its territory for years. Given these challenges, it is no surprise that decentralization and local governance provisions are increasingly prominent in peace agreements and national post-conflict peacebuilding agendas (Peace Dividend and Beyonds : Contributions of Administrative and Social Services to Peacebuilding,  United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, p. 24). The provision of basic services, such as water and sanitation, health and primary education, the restoration of core government functions, in particular basic public administration and public finance, at national and sub-national levels are among the main priorities for peacebuilding in the aftermath of conflict that need to be supported. (Report of the Secretary-General on Peacebuilding in the Immediate Aftermath of Conflict, Para. 3, (A/63/881-S/2009/304). In this regard, this tutored programme will explore the contribution that decentralization can make to peacebuilding and will identify the key elements of local governance that are especially relevant in a post-conflict/peacebuilding context. Case studies from different regions such as Africa, Asia and Latin America will be used to illustrate successful decentralization reforms  and peacebuilding efforts at the local level.

This online course is provided by ITCILO for a FEE. 

Duration: 02 Mar 2015 - 06 Mar 2015

Course Objective

The post-2015 Development Agenda will stress open and accountable governments and effective public institutions as indispensable pillars for eradicating extreme poverty and achieving sustainable development goals. This course explores the key provisions of international treaties on combatting corruption (the UN Convention Against Corruption and the OECD Convention on Combatting Bribery of Foreign Public Officials). It also presents the roles and hierarchy of institutions lined up for combatting corruption with reference to models from selected countries high-up on the Transparency International scale. Typical tools and policy measures are also explained, such as disclosure requirements, codes of conduct for civil servants, private economic operators as well as integrity checklists.

This online course is provided by Wesleyan University through Coursera for FREE.

Duration: November 11 to December 30, 2014

Course Objective

How to Change the World has its origins in the Social Good Summit held at the 92nd Street Y in New York. The summit brought together some of the world's most creative entrepreneurs, writers, academics and political leaders to discuss ways innovative thinking and technology can address pressing global challenges.  Beginning from talks, panels and conversations from the summit, we will add lectures, on-line discussion groups, hangouts and readings to explore the issues in politics, technology and the environment in broader academic and historical contexts. We will then discover together what actions we can take to make a difference.    

This online course is provided by University of Geneva through Coursera for FREE.

Duration: This course has ended but course archive is available at Coursera

Course Objective

International organizations present an increasingly complex environment to work in and therefore require for their successful management an unprecedented level of managerial skills on top of a deep understanding of the socioeconomic and political context they operate in. This course is designed to provide students with (1) basic notions of the practice of international relations (2) a general overview of the management challenges international organizations are faced with as well as key theoretical frameworks for managers to excel in this environment. Key areas of management will be reviewed, from strategy setting to implementation through marketing & fund raising, and assessment. (3) Given the growing interaction between public and private sectors, this course also touches upon the management of public/private partnerships. 

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