The Future of Work: Preparing for Disruption
From Climate Science to Action
Financing for Development: Unlocking Investment Opportunities is a free online finance course offered by the World Bank. This course is ideal for anyone who works with a nonprofit organization and wishes to explore public, private and commercial financing to fund projects that can be used to contribute to the progress toward achieving the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
A self-paced class, Financing for Development: Unlocking Investment Opportunities can be completed at a rate that fits each student’s schedule; however, the instructor suggests that students complete one of the course modules each week. Modules included on the syllabus are: Introduction to Financing for Development, Public Finance, Private and Blended Finance, and The Financing Role of the Multilateral Development Banks. With a four-week schedule, students will typically need to invest about four to six hours of study time on the course weekly. Each module consists of video presentations and core readings. Optional activities and assignments are also available, giving students access to discussion boards, Google Hangouts, Twitter chats and supplemental readings and videos.
Engaging Citizens: A Game Changer for Development? is a free online political science course offered by the World Bank. The class was developed through a partnership with the London School of Economics, Overseas Development Institute, Participedia and CIVICUS. Anyone with an interest in driving sustainable development can benefit from the course.
Self-paced, Engaging Citizens: A Game Changer for Development? has no set deadlines or schedule. As a guideline, the instructor recommends completing one of the five video modules each week. These modules include Citizen Engagement: What It Is and Why It Matters; Engaging Citizens for Improved Policymaking; Can Engaging Citizens Bring Better Services?; Innovations in Citizen Engagement; and Citizen Engagement in Practice. Most students will need to spend about two to four hours on each module. The modules include instructional videos as well as reading assignments. Opportunities for discussions with fellow students and instructors are available on online forums, in Google Hangouts and in Twitter Chats.
Unlocking Investment and Finance in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies is a free online finance course offered by the Word Bank. More than 49,000 people from 198 countries and territories have already completed this course. The purpose of the class is to inform students about the various forms of financing and capital that are available to organizations that are working toward the achievement of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Consisting of four modules, Unlocking Investment and Finance in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies is best completed over a four-week period; however, the class is self-paced and can be tailored to each student’s individual needs. When a four-week schedule is used, the class usually requires a time commitment of about four to six hours per week. The video modules are: Scaling Investment and Finance in EMDEs, Strengthening Financing Strategies for Governments, Unlocking Private Investment Opportunities in EMDEs, and Building Robust Financial Markets and Institutions in EMDEs. In addition to watching videos and completing readings, students work on a course project throughout the four units.
The Future of Work: Preparing for Disruption is a free online career development course offered by the World Bank. This class examines how routine and low-skill jobs are being threatened around the world due to automation and presents solutions for mass unemployment that could potentially arise as a result. Employers, social services workers, students and those working in such jobs presently can all benefit from the class.
As a self-paced class, The Future of Work: Preparing for Disruption can fit into the schedule of all students, as there are no deadlines for watching the videos or completing the readings and supplemental assignments. The class includes five videos that are similar to Ted Talks. Topics covered include: Changing Nature of Work; Human Capital: A New Framework; Lifelong Learning: From Birth to Retirement; Returns to Work & Social Protection; and Investing in Social Inclusion. Each module takes roughly three to five hours to complete. Real world examples of the concepts covered in the lectures are given to illustrate the key points.
From Climate Science to Action is a free online environmental science course offered by the World Bank. This class reviews how regional climate change impacts various sectors of the economy. To succeed in the course, students should have some knowledge of the economic development of one of the following areas: Latin America and Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, East Asia and Pacific, or South Asia.
Lasting for four weeks, From Climate Science to Action is broken down into four video modules, each of which requires about three to five hours of study time to complete. The modules are: Climate Change in the 21st Century; Sectoral and Regional Impacts; and From Science to Action on Climate Change and What You Can Do.
Digital Dividends: Strengthening the Analog Foundation of the Digital Revolution is a free online economic course offered by the World Bank. The course draws on the findings of the 2016 World Development Report: Digital Dividends and can be beneficial for students, policy makers, entrepreneurs and civic actors alike.
Broken down into six units, Digital Dividends: Strengthening the Analog Foundation of the Digital Revolution is best completed over a six-week period; however, the class is self-paced with flexible deadlines. The topics of the six modules are: Overview: How the internet promotes development; Accelerating growth: More trade, higher productivity and greater competition; Expanding opportunities: Creating jobs and boosting labor productivity; Delivering services: Connecting for a capable and accountable government; Policy implications: Making the internet universal, affordable and safe; and National priorities: Making the Internet work for everyone. Students should expect to devote about four to six hours to watching the videos and completing the supplemental readings and assignments for each course module.
Policy Lessons from South Korea’s Development is a free online economics course offered by The World Bank. The course is geared toward policy makers who are invested in furthering economic development.
Self-paced, the class has no specific deadlines; however, the instructor suggests that the course be completed over a four-week period. With this schedule, students will focus on one video module each week. The modules are Korean Development in Global Perspective; Rapid Growth: The First Three Decades; Evolving a 21st Century Development Model; and Post-Industrial Development Challenges.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) supports efforts to deal with inequalities and poverty. It’s the leading source of development financing for the Caribbean and Latin America. Its goals include responsiveness, innovation, strategic alignment, and effectiveness. IDB serves central governments, NGOs, provinces, and municipalities. The IDB provides courses that are free to audit. For a fee, students can get a certificate. Here are the top 10 courses offered by the IDB:
Management By Results for Subnational Governments
Duration: 10 weeks
This course explores management by results in Latin America and the Caribbean. Students learn about the stages involved in public management, the challenges, and the public and civilian roles. It takes around 3 hours per week for 10 weeks to complete the course. It is self-paced, however, so a student could take up to 3 months if they needed to. The course is taught in Spanish.
Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Economy
Duration: 10 weeks
In this course, students learn about the fourth industrial revolution and the technology that sparked it. Big Data, the impact of technology on companies and governments, and examples from Latin America are also discussed. Through tutors, videos, and reading, students get a clear idea of the challenges and opportunities of this time. The course is self-paced, but must be completed within three months if you pay for the certificate. It’s taught in Spanish.
Risk Management in Development Projects
Duration: 10 weeks
This development course teaches students how to identify and monitor risks, as well as how to manage projects well with limited resources. Students will examine a case study to practice their risk management skills. The course is best suited for project managers, team members, funders, and public officials. Any professional interested in risk management can benefit, as well. The course is designed to last 10 weeks, but it is self-paced. If you pay for the certificate, you can complete the course in a maximum of three months. The course is taught in Spanish with an English version, as well.
Big Data Without Mysteries
Duration: 10 weeks
In today’s era, massive amounts of data and new types of data overwhelm the world. This course asks students if we are taking advantage of the opportunities provided by data. Using Big Data to its full potential means collecting information, identifying patterns, and predicting the future to make decisions. This course looks at Big Data in the public and private sectors. Through readings, videos, case studies, and more, students learn and test their knowledge. The course takes 10 weeks with a 3-hour per week commitment. If you pay for the certificate, you can take up to three months to complete it. The course is taught in Spanish.
Pensions in Latin America and the Caribbean
Duration: 6 weeks
In the coming years, pensions will become a significant part of the economic and social policies of the Caribbean and Latin America. This course guides students through the situation and reveals the challenges facing the pension system. They’ll also learn how policies can be adjusted. The course is designed to last six weeks, though it is self-paced. It is taught in Spanish.
Climate Change Education
Duration: 7 weeks
Taught in English, this course examines the science of climate change and how to teach it. The ethical and social issues related to climate change are also discussed. The course incorporates lesson plans, videos, and online games developed by IDB’s “Rise-Up: Education Against Climate Change.” Primary and secondary teachers will benefit the most from this course. It usually takes around 7 weeks to complete, but it’s self-paced.
What Works in Education: Evidence-Based Education Policies
Duration: 7 weeks
This course covers the theoretical and practical aspects of evidence-based education policies. It looks specifically at the improvements and challenges found in Latin America and the Caribbean. Five features make an education system successful. The features include high student achievement goals; access to good early childhood and preschool programs; and effective teachers. Anyone interested in improving education using evidence-based education policies will benefit from the course. It’s self-paced and taught in English.
Leaders in Citizen Security and Justice Management for the Caribbean
Duration: 7 weeks
The rates of violence and crime are two of the main challenges affecting Latin America and the Carribean. In government agendas, citizen security is a high priority. Civil society needs to be well-informed about how those policies work. This course provides information and tools for creating programs that strengthen the criminal justice system. It is a good fit for public officials, journalists, and academics. Anyone interested in justice and citizen security in Latin America and the Caribbean benefits, as well. IDB designed the course with a collective of the universities of Chile, FADISMA in Brazil, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. This self-paced course is taught in English, but there’s also a Spanish version.
The Reality of Latin American Social Development
Duration: 10 weeks
This course examines Latin America and the Caribbean’s status on issues like poverty, inequality, health, and early child development. It also explores evidence-based policies and case studies of social programs that work. Taught in Spanish, this course is intended for anyone interested in the social and economic development challenges of the region. With 3-4 hours of work per week, the course takes 10 weeks to complete. The course is self-paced with a maximum completion time of 8-9 months.
Partnerships: A Vehicle to Achieve Sustainable Development
Duration: 10 weeks
Coordinated by the IDB and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, this course’s goal is to promote partnerships for sustainable development. Based on Goal #17 of the Sustainable Development Goals on strategic alliances, students learn about partnerships and where they should be implemented. For when those partnerships are in place, students learn how to manage, govern, and monitor alliances. The course is best for those working in sustainable development programs. Taught in Spanish, the course takes about 10 weeks to complete.