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.