Africa: Sustainable Development for All?

Free online course for 6 weeks. Estimated 3 hours/week to complete.

Description: “Africa as a continent is rich in natural resources and minerals and has increasing rates of wealth in some countries. The course will explore why there continues to be many sub-Saharan African countries which perform poorly on development indicators for reducing poverty, hunger and unemployment and improving maternal health and access to quality reproductive health services.

This free online course will assess progress made to date in the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals and will provide information from key people in international development to discuss whether the proposed UN post-2015 sustainable development agenda can be achieved in sub-Saharan Africa. The course is designed for anyone with a passion for humanity, human rights and sustainable development. You will learn to think critically and communicate effectively about development stories, past, present and future.

We will introduce the key concepts in sustainable development, the historical background and current context. You will look at the organisations involved in development and how they have changed over time.

We will also explain how development data are constructed, and the strengths and limitations of different types of evidence. We will highlight who has been counted in development data, how robust the data are and who is missing from data sets.”

What Works: Promising Practices in International Development

Free online course for 3 weeks. Estimated 4 hours/week to complete.

Description: “Researchers from the University of Oslo and Stanford University, together with colleagues from Malawi, China and the UK, will examine interventions critically, while exploring how successful development strategies can be deployed in a range of international contexts. This course is designed for people with an interest in international development, including students, teachers, researchers, policymakers, activists, pensioners, diplomats, and those working for international development organisations and aid agencies. Topics covered include:

  • Core concepts in development theory
  • Poverty reduction and income inequality
  • Food security and agriculture
  • Global governance and international cooperation
  • Human rights and development
  • Good governance, rule of law and state building
  • Public participation and civil society
  • Successful cases of national and international development initiatives”

Human Rights and Development

Advanced level 12-week online course for free from Curtin University. Estimated 8-10 hours/week needed to complete.

Description: “In this course you will learn the meaning of development based on human rights and social justice perspectives. You will understand how development is practiced based on the needs, rights and capabilities of individuals; and critically explore the strengths and shortcomings of these approaches.

Next, you’ll explore the ideology behind international aid programs and look at development from both Indigenous and African perspectives. You’ll uncover human rights abuses, environmental issues and challenges to colonialist development, all of which still have an effect to this day.

Finally, you’ll explore the role of international financial and trade institutions in global development.”